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ERIC Number: EJ877591
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1849
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.
College of Education, University of Hawaii at Manoa. Wist Annex 2 Room 131, 1776 University Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96822. Tel: 808-956-8002; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: American Samoa