Gan, Y., & Zhu, Z. (2007). A Learning Framework for Knowledge Building and Collective Wisdom Advancement in Virtual Learning Communities. Educational Technology & Society, 10 (1), 206-226.


A Learning Framework for Knowledge Building and Collective Wisdom Advancement in Virtual Learning Communities

Yongcheng Gan

Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1V6, Canada, Tel: +1 416 923-6641 ext 2454, yongcheng.gan@utoronto.ca

 

Zhiting Zhu

Educational Information Network Center, East China Normal University, Shanghai, 200062, China, Tel: +86 21 62232654, ztzhu@dec.ecnu.edu.cn

 

ABSTRACT: This study represents an effort to construct a learning framework for knowledge building and collective wisdom advancement in a virtual learning community (VLC) from the perspectives of system wholeness, intelligence wholeness and dynamics, learning models, and knowledge management. It also tries to construct the zone of proximal development (ZPD) of VLCs based on the combination of Vygotsky’s theory of zone of proximal development and the trajectories of knowledge building. The aim of a VLC built on the theories of constructivism, situated learning, and knowledge building, etc., is to apply individual intelligence to online learning, bring the advantages of collaborative learning and collective wisdom into play, solve difficult problems in independent learning, and lead to the integration and sublimation of collective wisdom through long-term individual interactions, collaborative learning and knowledge building.

Keywords: Collective wisdom, Knowledge building, Virtual learning community, Collective intelligence, Knowledge management

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