Title: Knowledge-based repository for constructivist learning communities

Authors: Fawzi Daoud

Addresses: CRL-Communications Research Laboratory, Keihanna Human Info-Communications Research Center, 2-2-2 Hikaridai, Seika-cho, Soraku-gun, Kyoto, 619-0289, Japan

Abstract: Knowledge economy in the future will be characterised by a degree of dynamics, flexibility and mobility that will go far beyond many of today|s developments and examples. On demand and ad hoc formation of teams, virtual organisations, physically distributed and mobile workers are only initial examples of the work practices and organisational innovation to be expected. For learning and collaboration frameworks, suitable support should be provided for knowledge construction. This paper proposes the use of new methodologies for knowledge-based development associated with web technologies for construction of knowledge repositories. We describe and illustrate the separation of the application knowledge from problem-solving knowledge. Indexing is used for both cases as a cornerstone for structuring knowledge, modelling and reuse as shown in the working prototype. UML models provide a useful, lightweight environment for constructing problem-solving repositories for the web.

Keywords: indexing; knowledge; communities; constructivism; learning.

DOI: 10.1504/IJITM.2003.004231

International Journal of Information Technology and Management, 2003 Vol.2 No.4, pp.345 - 363

Published online: 05 Apr 2004 *

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