Building eLarning Communities
Michael Corry, Chih-Hsiung Tu, The George Washington University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-44-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Effective eLearning communities play an important role in the technology-based learning environment. An eLearning community has been misrepresented as a place where learners only learn together. This thesis is discussed, reviewed, and examined by considering effective eLearning communities, the impact of eLearning communities on human learning, different frameworks for eLearning communities, and proposes a refined theoretical framework for future research and development of eLearning communities. In this thesis, eLearning community is referred to a place where learners learn together and, in addition a community that learns. A refined theoretical framework for eLearning communities is proposed that encompasses three major constructs "Instruction," "Social Interaction," and "Knowledge Construction Technology." It is recommended that eLearning communities should be implemented with looser structure but with effective systemic strategies.
Corry, M. & Tu, C.H. (2002). Building eLarning Communities. In D. Willis, J. Price & N. Davis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2002--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2513-2517). Nashville, Tennessee, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).