Online Conference Case Study: Creating a comfort zone within an emerging community of practice

Miller, Anne, O'Brien, Mia, Kelly, Greta, & Blackler, Alethea L. (2004) Online Conference Case Study: Creating a comfort zone within an emerging community of practice. In Atkinson, Roger, McBeath, Clare, Jonas-Dwyer, Diana, & Phillips, Rob (Eds.) Beyond the comfort zone. Proceeeings of the 21st Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE) 2004, 5- Dec 2004, Perth.


This paper outlines the context and theoretical basis for the design, implementation and evaluation of an online conference conducted in 2003. The purpose of the conference was to provide postgraduate distance learners with an opportunity to interact with human factors and healthcare professionals, thereby providing them with exposure to this emerging community of practice. The conference was delivered through a WebCT site and stimulated various modes of interaction. The paper discusses the design and format of the conference and details an analysis of the online transcript that shows development of learning communities as “comfort zones‿ within which the participants could communicate in a common language and atmosphere of understanding over the 2 days that the conference ran.

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ID Code: 6949
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Communities of practice, postgraduate distance learning, online discussion, social networks mapping, human factors, HERN
ISBN: 0-9751702-3-6
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Technology and Computing (130306)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Computer-Human Interaction (080602)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Deposited On: 13 Apr 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:41

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