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Knowledge Forum is an electronic group workspace designed to support the process of  Knowledge Building. This program is based on over 15 years of research at the University of Toronto Cognitive Science Department. Early research focused on K-12 classrooms, but has expanded to include business, healthcare, and university settings - wherever knowledge-building communities reside.
Based on the original knowledge building program named CSILE (Computer Supported Integrated Learning Environment), this "second-generation" CSILE product incorporates advanced features and technology for fostering knowledge building in the classroom.

Benefits for Teachers and Students

With Knowledge Forum, teachers and students can share information, launch collaborative investigations and build networks of new ideas together.
Knowledge Forum allows users to create a knowledge-building community. Each community creates their own Knowledge Base in which they can store notes, connect ideas and “rise-above” previous thinking. The note-taking, searching and organizational features of this sophisticated tool allow any type of community to build knowledge. Knowledge Forum is being used in K-12 classrooms supporting curriculum areas such as reading, writing, mathematics, social studies and science.
Knowledge Forum provides students and teachers with a unique collaborative space in which to organize course materials, analyze research results, discuss texts, and cite reference material.
Teachers can get a free six months trial version of Knowledge Forum.

Pedagogical background

The use of computer-supported learning affects the development of participants’ cognitive competencies, the growth of their expertise, motivation and commitment as well as the advancement of their collective knowledge. Research shows that knowledge building produces a level of student interaction that occurs regardless of ability, a quality of inquiry that is above standard, and improved scores not only in basic skills but in conceptual development as well.
Knowledge building communities are exciting places where success depends on the careful cultivation of ideas and the constant use and re-use of the organization’s knowledge resources.

True knowledge building communities depend on a specific organizational design, one that defines each person as a contributor. Knowledge Forum does just that. With the knowledge building tools in Knowledge Forum, users pose questions, define their own goals and collaborate with peers as they acquire and build the Knowledge Base.


With the knowledge-building tools in Knowledge Forum, users pose questions, define their own goals, and collaborate with peers as they acquire and build the Knowledge Base.

- Knowledge Base: users can submit ideas, share information, reorganize the knowledge and
“rise-above” to new understandings.

- Knowledge Forum: users can make information accessible with multiple vantage points an multiple entry points. Even the collection and display of the community’s work can be organized in flexible visual displays. The work is not limited to the individual organization; if desired, the user can become part of a larger community and work in concert on related problems.


Knowledge Forum includes knowledge-building tools for:

- Collaborating 

- Building idea networks

- Constructing, storing and retrieving notes

- Indent identifying knowledge gaps or advances

- Viewing the Knowledge Base from multiple perspectives


Knowledge Forum users can connect to their Knowledge Base via:

- a local area network;

- the Internet communications (users designate where on the Internet the Knowledge Base is stored an the application connects to it via the Internet);

- a browser (Explorer or Netscape) using the world wide web.

Server System Requirements




Dedicated Macintosh with Mac OS X at least 128 Mb RAM

TCP/IP installed

Data Backup Device

Optional: QuickTime Streaming Server

Windows 2000 or NT with at least 128 Mb RAM

TCP/IP installed

Data Backup Device

Optional: Darwin Server

At least Pentium II Processor with 128 Mb RAM

Red Hat Linux 7.2

Data Backup Device

Optional: Darwin Server


User System Requirements
Netscape Navigator 4.7 or above Internet Explorer 5.0 or above

Target age
Elementary, junior School, High School

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