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Is it necessary to assess it? Online learning and communities of practice

Bennett, Elizabeth (2006) Is it necessary to assess it? Online learning and communities of practice. In: Diverse Practices; Common Futures, 21st June 2006, The University of Greenwich. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This paper reports on how ideas of Communities of Practice (Wenger 1998) have informed the design of a blended learning master programme. Software dialogue tools delivered through a VLE (virtual learning environment) including synchronous chat, discussion forum were used.

Student activities including online collaborative product and a forum for providing mutual support and sharing of expertise were evaluated. These activities were found to form a valuable part of the students’ experiences on the programme.

Although research has demonstrated the importance of linking assessment to online activities (MacDonald and Twining, 2002) this case study has shown that in a blended learning situation the social aspects of learning can be used to motivate students to participate in online activities.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Schools: School of Education and Professional Development
School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice
School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice > Teaching, Public Pedagogies and Professionalism Research Group
School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice > Technology Enhanced Learning Research Group
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Depositing User: Sharon Beastall
Date Deposited: 06 May 2010 13:36
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2013 10:36
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/7575

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