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What is Online Learning Communities

Handbook of Research on Transnational Higher Education
Peer to peer learning that occurs over the internetInternet.
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Emergence of Successful Online Courses: A Student and Faculty Shift
Amy L. Sedivy-Benton (University of Arkansas at Little Rock, USA), Andrew Hunt (University of Arkansas at Little Rock, USA), Teri L. Hunt (University of Arkansas at Little Rock, USA), James M. Fetterly (University of Arkansas at Little Rock, USA), and Betty K. Wood (University of Arkansas at Little Rock, USA)
Copyright: © 2014 |Pages: 11
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4458-8.ch032
This chapter seeks to investigate the common characteristics that make online courses high quality. With an increase in online education and the increased attention to national standards and accreditation, there is a need for research to focus on the quality of online education. The literature related to online education suggests that more studies compare traditional courses with online courses as well as ways to affect the social climate of online courses and programs than the quality of online education. Questions to be considered range from, “How much time do instructors spend developing online courses compared to traditional courses?” to “What are the students’ perspective of the quality of online courses / instruction?” McGorry (2003) suggests seven constructs “to evaluate quality and learning in online courses: flexibility, responsiveness and student support, student learning, interaction, technology and technical support, and student satisfaction” (p. 162).
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Conversational Pragmatics and Learning in Virtual Organizations
Online learning communities (or virtual learning communities or networked learning communities) are learning communities that are computer-mediated by interconnected computers. Communication characteristics of virtual learning communities include asynchronous and synchronous communication, high interactivity, and multi-way communication.
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Community of Digital Learners: Embracing the Affordances of Online Teacher Education
Derived from the evidence-based practice community of learners in which a group of online learners have diverse and valued expertise, shared learning objectives, value learning how to learn, and have mechanisms for sharing what is learned.
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Assessment, Academic Integrity, and Community Online
Groups of students and faculty connected solely via technology. All interactions begin and occur over the Internet, through conference calls, via videoconferencing, and so forth. Online learning communities are comprised of people brought together with a definite purpose, generally the completion of a course and/or program, and guided by processes that involve interaction, collaboration, and social construction of knowledge and meaning (Palloff & Pratt, 2007).
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A Survey of Recent Approaches Integrating Blogs in School Education
Learning communities fostered through utilization of Internet technologies.
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