Building virtual learning communities

Augar, Naomi, Raitman, Ruth, Lanham, Elicia and Zhou, Wanlei 2006, Building virtual learning communities. In Ma, Zongmin (ed), Web-based intelligent e-learning systems: technologies and applications, Information Science Pub, Hershey, USA, pp.72-100.

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Title Building virtual learning communities
Author(s) Augar, Naomi
Raitman, Ruth
Lanham, EliciaORCID iD for Lanham, Elicia
Zhou, WanleiORCID iD for Zhou, Wanlei
Title of book Web-based intelligent e-learning systems: technologies and applications
Editor(s) Ma, Zongmin
Publication date 2006
Chapter number 4
Total chapters 17
Start page 72
End page 100
Total pages 29
Publisher Information Science Pub
Place of Publication Hershey, USA
Keyword(s) Assessment
Asynchronous Discussion
Case Study
Collaborative Learning
Distance Education
Higher Education
Internet Access
Learning Communities
Learning Outcomes
Personal Computers
Synchronous Discussion
Virtual Communities
Virtual Learning
Summary This chapter introduces the concept of virtual learning communities and discusses and further enhances the theory and definitions presented in related literature. A model comprising four criteria essential to virtual learning communities is presented and discussed in detail. Theory and case studies relating to the impact of virtual learning communities on distance education and students from diverse cultural groups are also examined. In addition, this chapter investigates the enabling technologies and facilitation that is required to build virtual learning communities. Other case studies are used to illustrate the process of building virtual learning communities. Emerging technologies such as wikis and video lectures are also analysed to determine the effects they have on building and sustaining effective virtual learning communities.
Notes Institute of Teaching and Learning
ISBN 159140729X
Language eng
Field of Research 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
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