Dozens of software systems are classified as knowledge building environments. “Knowledge building environment” has an attractive, 21st century, knowledge society ring to it, but how is a knowledge building environment different from a learning environment, and what makes it an environment rather than a tool? This entry addresses these questions, providing answers that suggest that a fully realized knowledge building environment is substantially different from a learning environment, incorporating different forms of support to accomplish a different level of process, and playing a role in a different kind of education or workplace culture.

Knowledge Building: The Foundation of Knowledge Building Environments (KBES)

Although the term knowledge building now appears in tens of thousands of Web documents, it is almost never defined, the implication being that its meaning ...

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