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No borders : virtual communities in online learning

Woodman, Karen (2005) No borders : virtual communities in online learning. International Journal of the Humanities, 1.

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Abstract

It can be argued that technological advances and increasing familiarity with technology in the general population has created a huge potential for expansion of online learning (OL) across the educational spectrum. The growth of OL at the university level over the last few years has brought with it an increasing need to understand the learning processes and social processes involved in the ‘cyber’ or ‘virtual’ lecture hall and seminar room by asking questions such as: What are ‘virtual universities’? How – or more critically whether – virtual learning environments are different from face-to-face (F2F) ones? In other words, there is a critical need to explore how students relate to each other and their lecturer(s) in a literal ‘school without walls’? This paper explores the development of a virtual community within a wholly online MA in Applied Linguistics program within the framework of online community development proposed by Haythornthwaite et al (2000).

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ID Code: 29023
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Papers presented at the International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities University of the Aegean on the Island of Rhodes, Greece, 2-5 July 2003
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Keywords: online learning, virtual communities, distance education, applied linguistics, TESOL
ISSN: 1447-9508
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Karen Woodman
Copyright Statement: Selection and editorial matter copyright © Tom Nairn and Mary Kalantzis 2003-2005 Individual papers copyright © individual contributors 2003-2005
Deposited On: 01 Dec 2009 09:13
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:59

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