Guiding the creation of knowledge and understanding in a Virtual Learning Environment

Littleton, Karen and Whitelock, Denise (2004). Guiding the creation of knowledge and understanding in a Virtual Learning Environment. Cyberpsychology and Behavior, 7(2) pp. 173–181.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1089/109493104323024438

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Abstract

This article reports findings from an in-depth case study investigating processes of teaching and learning within one tutorial group studying an e-learning course presented as part of the Open University's MA in Open and Distance Education. Drawing on contemporary socio-cultural theory and research, the instructional techniques used by the tutor-moderator to guide the creation of "common knowledge" and the construction of understanding are explored. The significance of tutor contributions for fostering a supportive culture of enquiry is also discussed.

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