Conceptual frameworks for the design and use
of information servers

Network Learning Session for Tel-Ed '95

Matthew Stuve and Pia Bombardier

College of Education
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Synopsis for program

Recent developments in information servers and collaborative learning have demonstrated the educational potential of the Internet. Information servers provide forums for students and teachers to be producers and mediators of knowledge within authentic learning contexts. We will describe exemplary servers and a framework for research and use in K12 settings.


Summary of Presentation

During the past four years, client-server technologies have fostered an exponential growth in the number of information servers on the Internet. At the same time, new models of collaborative learning and distributed problem solving have changed the way in which teachers use network technology in K-12 curricula. Together, these two developments have demonstrated the educational potential of the Internet. However, research is needed to qualify the nature of server-mediated collaboration and to evaluate the implications for teaching and learning. Information servers provide a means for students and teachers to be producers and mediators of knowledge within authentic learning contexts. The projects described in this session help build a framework for continued research on educational information servers.


Presentations

The Illinois Learning Mosaic

Sandy Levin

National Center for Supercomputing Applications
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Illinois Learning Mosaic is a prototype server that organizes information about educational programs and resources across Illinois. Other servers support a variety of projects conducted by NCSA's Education and Outreach Group. We will describe various efforts underway to create and organize educational resources available to K-12 classrooms, and their impact on K-12 teachers and students.


Web66: A server for empowering K12 students on the Internet

Stephen E. Collins

College of Education
University of Minnesota

Christine Collins

Hillside Elementary School

Hillside Elementary School, in collaboration with the University of Minnesota College of Education, had sixth-grade students create one of the first K-12 Web servers. Our goal has been to integrate the use of the Internet, and specifically Web resources, into the K-6 curriculum by having students use computers for research, communication, and collaboration. We expanded this project to include Web66, a server which links schools throughout the world for collaborative work and helps teachers and students find curricular resources and tools. We will describe our experiences integrating the Internet into the curriculum.


Knowledge spaces, hypertext, and network learning environments

Michael J. Jacobson, James A. Levin, Youngcook Jun, and Yasuhiro Uno

Department of Educational Psychology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

New information servers make a wide spectrum of knowledge available, ranging from personal to globally shared. We have developed hypertextual and intelligent network software tools for network learning environments. We will discuss a "knowledge spaces" conceptual framework and describe software tools to facilitate productive learning interactions over distributed network environments.


Implementing distributed authorship as a model for an Internet server

Pia Bombardier and Matthew Stuve

Department of Educational Psychology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The UIUC The UIUC Learning Resource Server (LRS) contains information related to the instructional, research, and service missions of the College of Education. This server is composed of resources provided by numerous staff, faculty, and students within the College from local K-12 schools using a model of distributed authorship. The LRS represents the realization of a suite of desktop server technologies that are feasible and scalable in a K-12 setting.


Lenses on the Local Information Infrastructure

Beverly Hunter

BBN Educational Technologies

Currently, information and other resources on the Internet are organized from an information provider's point of view. The framework for this presentation is individual and group users' lenses on the local information infrastructure, with an emphasis on teachers. Three examples of such lenses include curriculum frameworks, project plans, and assessment tasks. We will consider tools, processes, and organizing structures for constructing, archiving, and modifying such lenses.