Reflections on engagement in online learning communities

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Ryle, Anita and Cumming, Kaye. 2007. "Reflections on engagement in online learning communities." International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning. 3 (3), pp. 35-46.
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Reflections on engagement in online learning communities

ERA Journal ID39917
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsRyle, Anita (Author) and Cumming, Kaye (Author)
EditorsCleary, Kaye
Journal TitleInternational Journal of Pedagogies and Learning
Journal Citation3 (3), pp. 35-46
Number of Pages12
Year2007
Place of PublicationMaleny, Qld, Australia
ISSN1833-4105
Web Address (URL)http://jpl.e-contentmanagement.com/archives/vol/3/issue/3/article/2815/reflections-on-engagement-in-online-learning
Abstract

Engagement with course content, facilitators and peers is necessary for students fully to achieve their learning potential. This paper demonstrates how peer-to-peer online interaction enables deeper learning through discourse and helps with retention issues by increasing motivation and reducing feelings of isolation.
The authors were motivated to write this paper following their personal experiences in an online postgraduate course as members of a successful learning community. Their
reflections on the facilitation methods and levels of student participation during the semester are supported by quotations from chat logs and discussion postings made by
fellow students in the course, thereby enabling the inclusion of a wider student voice.
To give more breadth, the authors also reflect on another two shared online learning experiences which resulted with varying success in building the community of learners. These comparisons provide a distinctive perspective because the authors reflect upon their experiences as students rather than as teachers.
This research informs a future action research project to improve facilitation strategies used in a large undergraduate course and highlights strategies for facilitators to consider in the formation of online learning communities. Topics include facilitator presence, online activities, the use of regular announcements, asynchronous and synchronous methods of engagement, the tone of discussions and group dynamics.

Keywordsengagement; course content; facilitators; peers; learning potential; online interaction; learning communities
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020460806. Human-computer interaction
390405. Educational technology and computing
390409. Learning sciences
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Paper originally presented at the 3rd International Conference on Pedagogies and Learning, 27-28th Sept, 2007.

Byline AffiliationsSchool of Information Systems
Faculty of Business
Event3rd International Conference on Pedagogies and Learning: Meanings Emerging in Practice
ISBN9781921729874
Event Details
3rd International Conference on Pedagogies and Learning: Meanings Emerging in Practice
Event Date
26 to end of 28 Sep 2007
Event Location
Brisbane, Australia
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