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Developing engagement in Ultralab’s online communities of enquiry

Bradshaw, Pete; Powell, Stephen and Terrell, Ian (2005). Developing engagement in Ultralab’s online communities of enquiry. Innovations in Education and Teaching International , 42(3) pp. 205–215.

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This paper provides an account of the development of online communities at Ultralab for students engaged on masters‐level programmes, doctoral research and continuing professional learning. It considers the ways in which the engagement of learners, and their consequent participation, is seen to be dependent on several factors—the learners’ perception of purpose, their sense of identity and trust, framing of learning activities, interventions from learning facilitators and tutors, and the information architecture of the learning space. The notion of engagement in this online community in higher education (HE) is explored. The term ‘community of enquiry’ is used to indicate the key purpose of the community—that of practitioner‐based enquiry, or research.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2005 Taylor and Francis Group Ltd
ISSN: 1470-3300
Keywords: online community; engagement; learning; professional development; community of enquiry; community of practice
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 31201
Depositing User: Pete Bradshaw
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2012 12:18
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 11:11
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