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Dimensions of Learning and Support in an Online Community

Open Learning Volume 19, Number 2, ISSN 0268-0513


This paper presents a case study of the nature of an online community that exists amongst students in a full-time teacher education program delivered at a distance. Students differentiate between two principal areas of their community – learning and support – and appear to act differently in relation to those areas. The nature of those differences is explored through the students' words as a way of enriching understanding of the complex nature of online learning communities.


Anderson, B. (2004). Dimensions of Learning and Support in an Online Community. Open Learning, 19(2), 183-190. Retrieved April 18, 2019 from .

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