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Designing for online communities of learning

Stacey, Elizabeth, Barty, Karin and Smith, Peter 2005, Designing for online communities of learning, in Balance, fidelity, mobility : maintaining the momentum? Proceedings of the 22nd ASCILITE conference Brisbane, 4-7 December 2005, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Qld., pp. 629-635.

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Title Designing for online communities of learning
Author(s) Stacey, Elizabeth
Barty, Karin
Smith, Peter
Conference name Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education. Conference (22nd : 2005 : Brisbane, Qld.)
Conference location Brisbane, Queensland
Conference dates 4 - 7 December 2005
Title of proceedings Balance, fidelity, mobility : maintaining the momentum? Proceedings of the 22nd ASCILITE conference Brisbane, 4-7 December 2005
Editor(s) Goss, Halima
Publication date 2005
Conference series Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Conference
Start page 629
End page 635
Publisher Queensland University of Technology
Place of publication Brisbane, Qld.
Keyword(s) communities of learning
online learning
blended learning
Summary This paper will explore the development of online learning communities among postgraduate students at Deakin University who were studying while working. The main objective of the research project being discussed here was to identify impediments to the development of online communities of learning and to suggest how these may be overcome so that students could benefit from the enhancements that online learning communities bring to communities of practice in students' workplaces. While communities of practice develop quite naturally among people working in the same physical space, as people learn from each other as they carry out their tasks at work, they are more difficult to establish in an online setting. Interviews were carried out with students and teachers and the data collected are described. Differing designs of courses, particularly the role of the teacher and the size of the classes, are considered and learning community development in both blended and distance learning environments are discussed.
Notes Reproduced with the specific permission of the copyright owner.
ISBN 0975709313
9780975709313
Language eng
Field of Research 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2005 ASCILITE
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30005790

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