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ERIC Number: EJ877591
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: 8
Learning Community Experiences with Teachers in American Samoa
Ho, Curtis P.
Educational Perspectives, v35 n2 p21-25 Spr 2003
A learning community can play an important role in facilitating student learning in a class and this is especially evident for distance learning courses. Creating a learning community that is virtual requires the use of online communication tools such as email, threaded discussion boards, and chat rooms. Many online students also benefit through non-instructional activities that promote collaboration and discussion because social interaction can help to form a sense of community and therefore, reduce feelings of isolation often found in distance learning courses. The challenge the author faced when teaching a hybrid course for teachers in American Samoa last summer was to find the proper blend of online activities, instructional and non-instructional, that would help to build and maintain an online learning community. In this article, the author describes his experiences in teaching ETEC 442 Computers in Education as a hybrid course.
Descriptors: Distance Education, Online Courses, Interaction, Foreign Countries, Educational Technology, Computer Mediated Communication, Teaching Experience, Blended Learning, Social Networks, Communities of Practice, Educational Strategies, Computer Science Education, Teaching Methods, Educational Practices, Interpersonal Communication
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: American Samoa