Cooperative visual hypermedia and its application in cooperative learning

Wei Gang Wang

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In a distributed cooperative learning setting, learners and tutors need a shared information space to interact with learning materials and to acquire awareness of their cooperators' presence and activities. Learners and tutors also require some coordination and communication means to harmonize their actions. For this purpose, a cooperative visual hypermedia technology is developed. It can provide a shared information space in which editable visual hypermedia objects can represent not only learning materials (i.e. the content) but also learning processes (i.e. the coordination and learning strategies). The cooperative hypermedia is integrated with process support, communication channels, and document handling. Therefore, it can coordinate learners' activities through specific learning processes and textual or audio communication tools. For wide availability, the cooperative hypermedia and its associated documents are made accessible from the Web. To show the strength and the weakness of the approach, a use case together with some user experience is also presented.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1720-1732
Number of pages12
JournalRuan Jian Xue Bao/Journal of Software
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2004


  • Cooperative hypermedia
  • Cooperative learning
  • Distributed team
  • Visual hypermedia
  • Web-based e-learning


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