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Designing for online communities of learning

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posted on 2005-01-01, 00:00 authored by Elizabeth Stacey, Karin Barty, Peter Smith
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.

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Pagination

629 - 635

Location

Brisbane, Queensland

Open access

  • Yes

Start date

2005-12-04

End date

2005-12-07

ISBN-13

9780975709313

ISBN-10

0975709313

Language

eng

Notes

Reproduced with the specific permission of the copyright owner.

Publication classification

E1 Full written paper - refereed

Copyright notice

2005 ASCILITE

Editor/Contributor(s)

H Goss

Title of proceedings

Balance, fidelity, mobility : maintaining the momentum? Proceedings of the 22nd ASCILITE conference Brisbane, 4-7 December 2005

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