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Many educational systems assume that knowledge is individual and self-structured. We believe that the constructionist work that goes on in the building of any world should be the product of collaboration. Working in a group is more efficient than working individually. It provides a way to collectively explore a problem domain, and appreciate the roles needed to complete a task. Most importantly, collaboration promotes the social construction of knowledge through social interaction. Our perspective points to the importance of considering storytelling and narrative as an act of communication and shared experience, which is reinforced by collaborating with other students. Collaboration may include interactions between ``virtual communities'' of students who are geographically separated, or between students and genies.

Figure 1: The CAVE Automatic Virtual Environment(tm)

Maria Roussos
Wed May 29 17:35:53 CDT 1996