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ERIC Number: EJ805068
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-0830-0445
Culture and Community: Case Study of a Video-Conferenced Graduate Distance Education Program
Bloomberg, Linda Dale
Journal of Distance Education, v22 n1 p41-58 2007
While the phenomenon of learning communities within the online environment has been examined in some depth, there is limited research-based information regarding the impact of videoconferenced programs on the learning experiences of adults, and little has been written about how the collaborative learning experiences of adults can be facilitated through participation in such programs. Moreover, little empirical qualitative research is currently available on Jewish distance learning programs--a growing field of practice. By way of qualitative case study methodology, this research explores the connection between culture and community within the Jewish videoconferenced context. The study sheds light on the unique cultural vestiges that enhance Jewish learners' shared spirit for community, and their motivation and ability to create it in a distance learning program. Given the culturally specific nature of this study, the author discusses how the findings might transfer to similar programs offered by way of videoconferencing. In addition ideas regarding implications for practice and for further research are offered. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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