E-Learning Groups and Communities of Practice / Edition 1

E-Learning Groups and Communities of Practice / Edition 1

by David McConnell
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McGraw-Hill Companies,Inc.


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E-Learning Groups and Communities of Practice / Edition 1

This book outlines approaches to networked e-learning course design that are underpinned by a belief that students learn best in these contexts when they are organised in groups and communities. As such, the book is one of the first to provide a detailed analysis of what goes on in e-learning groups and communities.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780335212804
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies,Inc.
Publication date: 03/01/2006
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.47(d)

About the Author

David McConnell is Professor of Education in the Department of Educational Research at Lancaster University. He is a researcher and practitioner of networked e-learning and was one of the first people in the United Kingdom to be active in the field. His research interests include intercultural pedagogy and the development of qualitative research methodologies for the study of advanced learning technologies in higher education.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements     vii
Introduction     1
Designing for e-groups and communities: theoretical and conceptual issues     7
Design principles: a model     29
The experience of e-learning groups and communities     61
Assessing learning in e-groups and communities     90
Assessment: the view from inside     124
Problem-solving and action research in communities of practice     145
Group dynamics: a view from the inside     171
Understanding groups, communities and learning technologies     188
Bibliography     197
Index     207

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