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Challenges in Designing Communal Web-Based Learning Environments

, , University of Helsinki, Finland

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Norfolk, VA USA ISBN 978-1-880094-42-6 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


In this paper we will discuss the key issues of designing communal and experiential web-based learning. When designing web-based learning we focus particularly on the community of learners and the learning situation on the users' viewpoint. We see web environments as the physical and virtuaI environments of action, in which learners can authentically meet and act. Our thinking is strongly based on the socio-constructivist idea of learning, on communalism in learning and studying, and on the importance of physical surroundings and context in all of our learning activities. We argue that communal learning and experientiality are meaningful didactic principles when designing web-based environments. Finally we introduce a pedagogically-potential designing model for web-based learning. Our considerations and findings have arisen from the research and development project TriO (Teaching, Studying and Learning Materials in a Network-Based Learning Environment. An Evaluation and Development Project of Network-Based Learning 1999- 2000), which has been undertaken in the Media Education Centre of the Helsinki University in 1999-2000.


Vahtivuori, S. & Masalin, T. (2001). Challenges in Designing Communal Web-Based Learning Environments. In C. Montgomerie & J. Viteli (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2001--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 1924-1929). Norfolk, VA USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved May 20, 2019 from .