Instructional Interactivity in a Web-Based Learning Community

Instructional Interactivity in a Web-Based Learning Community

Adams B. Bodomo (University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-963-7.ch010
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It is demonstrated in this chapter that enhancedinteractivity is the single most important reason why teachers should practise web-based teaching and why students should be encouraged to construct web-basedlearning communities. The notion of conversational learningcommunity (CLC) as a kind of constructivist learningenvironment is introduced. It is shown that instructionalinteractivity, defined as active communication in a conversational learning community between instructor(s), learners, course materials, and links to remote experts and resources, is a central aspect of the learning situation. A practical implementation of the CLC model is presented through describing the interactive features of a web-basedcourse using WebCT. It is concluded that web-basedlearning and teaching actually enhances interactivity both within and beyond the classroom setting.

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