Building Community Through Online Discuss

Skinner, Elisabeth and Derounian, James (2008) Building Community Through Online Discuss. Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (2). pp. 57-70. ISSN 1742-240X

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Abstract

Online networking is a valuable tool for students in higher education and in the world of work. The challenge for teachers is to encourage students to participate in online discussion so that they can develop communication skills and experience learning in an online community. This paper examines two experiences of online discussion, designed to develop online learning communities amongst first year undergraduates. It raises questions about students’ capacity to participate and suggests that all students benefit if those who lack the skills, confidence or motivation for taking part are identified and supported from the outset. If teachers can identify individual students’ needs, perhaps through an initial audit, then appropriate support can be arranged, while the arguments justifying participation in online discussion need to be explicit and persuasive. These issues are examined with reference to the professional practice of community development.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Additional Information: Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (LATHE) was published by the University of Gloucestershire between 2005 and 2011. LATHE was edited by Phil Gravestock and Michele Hills. Publication has ceased, the final issue was issue No.5
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Professional Services > Academic Development Unit
Research Priority Areas: Learning and Professional Contexts
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2016 11:19
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2017 05:36
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/3727

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