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ERIC Number: EJ868117
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-1741-5659
eLearning: From Social Presence to Co-Creation in Virtual Education Community
Katernyak, Ihor; Ekman, Sten; Ekman, Annalill; Sheremet, Mariya; Loboda, Viktoriya
Interactive Technology and Smart Education, v6 n4 p215-222 2009
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to present an example of how the synergy of different competences in students' teams, out-of-the-box thinking style and various motivation factors in a culturally diverse learning environment is the foundation for knowledge construction, driven by the idea generation process and co-creation--the so-called Medici effect, one of the benchmarks for excellence in eLearning. Design/methodology/approach: Developing this case study in the area of eLearning and Virtual Education Community (VEC) involves passing through various stages: from providing social presence and cooperation of students to co-creation in the eLearning environment by contriving "e-students" in the VEC whose profiles and learning processes are managed by pairs/teams of real students with different experiences and types of behaviour. Findings: The paper presents outcomes of the research focused on the formation of the VEC for students who are motivated in sharing common passions and principles, in developing good communicator-and-listener techniques, in studying and creating situations of success. Practical implications: In order to use and promote this pedagogical approach, enhancement of the desk-top technology is needed in terms of a user-friendly interface for creating a VEC where everyone, including people with special needs, feels comfortable, interested, and motivated to communicate, learn, construct, and share knowledge. Originality/value: The original "4A" (attention, actualization, attraction, and action) pedagogical model applied in eLearning is aimed at ensuring students' social and cognitive presence through their e-profiles for self-assessment and positioning, adjusting learning trajectories and monitoring learning results, as well as assessing progress and final outcomes of learning. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden; Ukraine