sTeam- Providing Primary Media Functions for Web-Based Computer-Supported Cooperative Learning
AbstractThe WWW has developed as the de facto standard for computer based learning. As a server-centered approach it confines readers and learners to passive non-sequential reading. Authoring and web-publishing systems aim at supporting the authors' design process. Consequently, learners' activities are confined to selecting and reading (downloading documents) with almost no possibilities to structure and arrange their learning spaces nor do that in a cooperative manner. This paper presents a learner-centered – completely web-based – approach through virtual knowledge rooms. Based on this concept, the goal of the presented work is firstly to develop a theoretical framework to explain the design potentials of technology-supported learning processes (distinguishing individual and cooperative primary media functions). Secondly, a technical framework (cf. www.open-steam.org) should be developed allowing us to study different technical configurations within the traditional university setting.