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The distance from isolation: Why communities are the logical conclusion in e-learning

Weller, Martin (2007). The distance from isolation: Why communities are the logical conclusion in e-learning. Computers and Education, 49(2) pp. 148–159.

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This paper argues that the internet is built around key technology design features of openness, robustness and decentralisation. These design features have transformed into social features, which are embodied within the cultural values of the internet. By examining applications that have become popular on the net, the importance of these values is demonstrated. If e-learning is considered as a sub-set of internet activity, then the types of approaches that will be popular and meaningful for students will be those that appeal to these three core values. An examination of online communities reveals that these are indeed in keeping with these, and provide a valuable learning experience. The community can be seen as a natural conclusion in e-learning driven by the expectations of a generation of learners who have been enculturated into the values of the internet. (C) 2005 Published by Elsevier Ltd.

Item Type: Journal Item
ISSN: 0360-1315
Keywords: Virtual communities; Learning communities; Pedagogy; E-learning
Academic Unit/School: Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 15691
Depositing User: Colin Smith
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2009 09:24
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2019 08:54
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