Virtual Learning Communities

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Overview

This book is written to help professionals facilitating or participating in online learning communities as part of a structured learning programme, as an approach to continuous professional development or as a means of improving performance at work.

This includes:·continuous professional development courses for general practitioners, social workers, teachers, lecturers

·students on the rapidly increasing number of e-learning programmes

·staff developers and project workers seeking to facilitate professional groups online

·those in the voluntary sector

It will be relevant to practitioners in a range of professional fields who are interested in collaborating in virtual environments.

Virtual Learning Communities provides practical guidance on effective practice in initiating, establishing and sustaining successful learning communities. It includes extensive examples, case studies and activities. The book is based on the authors' practical experiences of facilitating and participating in a range of communities in a wide range of sectors including: education, health and the manufacturing sectors.

Virtual learning communities are becoming increasingly important as professional workers in the knowledge economy seek new and effective ways of improving performance in the workplace. The use of information technology and particularly the Internet mean that these people can meet in a virtual space at a time, place and pace to suit their busy professional lives. This book provides guidance on establishing and participating in effective learning communities including collaborative approaches to problem solving, constructing new knowledge and understandingand using learning technologies to disseminate this learning.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780335212835
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction to learning communities 1
2 Models of learning communities 20
3 Virtual communication tools and meeting environments 36
4 The community life cycle : foundation and induction phases 53
5 The community life cycle : incubation phase 73
6 The community life cycle : improving performance, implementation, closure or change phases 89
7 Community participation 112
8 Social learning in virtual learning communities 129
9 Time and participation in learning communities 145
10 Working in partnership 160
11 Evaluation 177
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