Understanding the Roles of Online Meetings in a Net-Based Course
Journal of Computer Assisted Learning Volume 22, Number 1, ISSN 1365-2729 Publisher: Wiley
It is argued elsewhere that online learning environments constitute new conditions for carrying out collaborative learning activities. This article explores the roles of a series of online meetings in such an environment. The online meetings are arranged as part of a net-based course on object-oriented programming, and constitute a recurring shared experience for the participants throughout the semester. Through an activity theoretical analysis, we find that the meetings mediate the learners' actions towards the construction and maintenance of a community of practice. Our finding has implications for the standardization of digital learning resources. This is an issue that will challenge designers of research-oriented learning environments, should they attempt to move their systems into wider adoption. We suggest that an awareness of the internal systemic connections among the components of the course design we studied is of importance when considering redesign, with respect to the reuse and standardization of learning resources.
Berge, O. & Fjuk, A. (2006). Understanding the Roles of Online Meetings in a Net-Based Course. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 22(1), 13-23. Wiley.
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