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ERIC Number: ED485055
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Oct
Pages: 7
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 24
Building an Online Learning Community
Chen, Yu-Chein
Association for Educational Communications and Technology, Chicago, IL, Oct. 19-23, 2004
The Internet was not invented for education at beginning (Pett Grabinger, 1995), but it has influenced educational systems considerably, especially by providing another way for distance learning. This powerful communication function is superior to any other educational media. Students can conduct their own self-directed learning without interacting with others in an online learning environment. However, several scholars asserted that interaction would increase the learning quality in online learning. People who advocate Constructivism also claim that knowledge is built through interaction with environment, including materials and people (Jonassen, Peck & Wilson, 1999). Moreover, because of physical separation, it is more important to have social support due to the fact that we are human beings, and societal animals (Winn, 1997). In recent years, the MIT Media Lab ( has been devoted to develop online tools which will facilitate online communication to eliminate the ?sociable spaces ? (Karahalios & Donath, 2003). Therefore, the current trend of studying online learning has developed into the study of online learn ing interaction (Hung & Chen, 2001; Hung & Nichani, 200; Tu & McIsaac, 2002; Conrad, 2002), switching from technical to social aspect.
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Publication Type: Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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