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Virtual Learning Communities: A Guide for Practitioners

Virtual Learning Communities: A Guide for Practitioners

by Dina Lewis, Barbara Allan


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780335212828
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date: 10/01/2004
Series: Society for Research into Higher Education Series
Pages: 226
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.48(d)

About the Author

Dina Lewis is the Head of the Centre for Lifelong Learning at the University of Hull. Her research interest is in work-based learning, based upon her extensive experience of working with public, private, community and voluntary organisations using learning technologies to support work-based learning and improved performance at work. She has extensive experience of working with senior managers within organisations and across regions to support the strategic implementation of e-learning.

Barbara Allan is a Senior Lecturer in Student and Management Learning in the Business School and Deputy Director of the Centre for Management and Organisational Learning at the University of Hull. Her previous experience includes managing academic and workplace libraries, and working as an independent researcher, trainer and author. Her research interests include independent learning to online communities of practice.

Table of Contents

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Chapter 1
Introduction to learning communities

Chapter 2
Models of learning communities

Chapter 3
Virtual communication tools and meeting environments

Chapter 4 The community lifecycle: Foundation and induction phases

Chapter 5
The community lifecycle: Incubation phase

Chapter 6 The community lifecycle: Improving performance, implementation, closure or change phases

Chapter 7 Community participation

Chapter 8 Social learning in virtual learning communities

Chapter 9
Time and participation in virtual learning communities

Chapter 10
Working in partnership

Chapter 11



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