Luppicini, Rocci
December 2003
Quarterly Review of Distance Education;Winter2003, Vol. 4 Issue 4, p409
Academic Journal
Developing rich learning environments using computer-mediated communication and strategies to connect individuals in various ways is a major challenge within educational technology. Creating virtual learning communities is recognized as a potential means of building commonalties and connections essential to education and society. Knowledge of instructional design does not provide the necessary understanding of learning environments and human interaction required to allow learning communities to form (Schwier, 2001). This discussion presents a topology of virtual learning communities within formal and informal learning environments to advance knowledge of educational design. Next, this paper explores elements of virtual learning communities pertaining to educational design and suggests parameters for designing different types of virtual learning communities.


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