Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Considering the 'culture' of online communities - the way we do things in those communities - before trying to draw a comparison with classroom/school/teacher cultures and how the two interact.

The key elements of online communities are (and I know these are open to debate):

Asynchronous interactions learning conversations take place over a period of time and anytime (they are not time dependent).

They are not location based wherever you have access to a device connected to a network you can access the community e.g. using my Smartphone on the 6.05 am train into Glasgow.

They are and I know this has been contended non-hierarchical online interaction has none of the social clues that are a key element of and influence interaction in the physical, face-to-face world.

Social collaboration is the focus for learning its learning through conversation.

And very often the learning outcomes can be unintentional as learning is co-constructed by participants.

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