Knowledge Forum is a commercial tool for knowledge-building communities, used in industry, education and other organizations. It supports what instructional designs like the knowledge-building community model.(Knowledge Forum: A Product of Research - an Advance in Learning, retrieved 12:39, 26 May 2006 (MEST))
Knowledge Forum grew out from the academic CSILE research system. This product is frequently updated. More recent versions now also include tools for researchers.
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Educational use of Knowledge Forum
See the knowledge-building community model for discussion of a relevation instructional design model that can be implement with this technology.
From the Knowledge Forum website (May 2006):
Note: Besides propaganda for the you will find more research oriented articles on the website. Else, read related publications of Bereiter and Scardamalia.
- Bereiter, C. (2002). Education and mind in a knowledge society. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
- Knowledge Forum: A Product of Research - an Advance in Learning. Good propaganda article based on academic research.
- Scardamalia, M. (2003). Knowledge Forum (Advances beyond CSILE). Journal of Distance Education, 17 (Suppl. 3, Learning Technology Innovation in Canada), 23-28.
- Scardamalia, M. & Bereiter, C. (1994). The CSILE project: Trying to bring the classroom into world 3. In K. McGilly, ed., Classroom Lessons: Integrating Cognitive Theory and Classroom Practice (pp. 201-228). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press/Bradford Books.
- Scardamalia, M. (2004a). CSILE/Knowledge Forum. In Education and technology: An Encyclopedia (pp. 183-192). Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO.
- Scardamalia, M. (2004b). Knowledge technologies in education: Beyond learning environments. In Education and technology: An Encyclopedia (pp. 393-400).Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO.