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Enhancing Scholarly Conversation Through an Online Learning Community

Enhancing Scholarly Conversation Through an Online Learning Community
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Author(s): Brian Thoms (Claremont Graduate University, USA), Nathan Garrett (Claremont Graduate University, USA) and Terry Ryan (Claremont Graduate University, USA)
Copyright: 2010
Pages: 14
Source title: ICTs for Modern Educational and Instructional Advancement: New Approaches to Teaching
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Lawrence A. Tomei (Robert Morris University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-936-6.ch007


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This paper reports on action research (AR) that implements online learning community (OLC) software to foster conversation and community at a specific graduate school. Informed by theories of conversation, online learning, and social networking we incorporate Web 2.0 technologies in the creation of a user-centric OLC. A distinguishing feature of our software is that, rather than being centered on courses like traditional course management software (CMS), our software is oriented towards and controlled by individuals. Results indicate that stakeholders—graduate students and faculty—appreciate and find value in the OLC we implemented.

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