Learner support in networked learning communities: opportunities and challenges

Kehrwald, Benjamin (2005) Learner support in networked learning communities: opportunities and challenges. In: Enhancing learning and teaching: pedagogy, technology and language. Post Pressed, Flaxton, Australia, pp. 133-148. ISBN 1-876682-85-X

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Abstract

In the last decade, universities have embraced flexible Open and Distance Learning (ODL) programs to open and cater to new markets for higher education. The ground has shifted quickly in favor of the flexibility and power of networked communications technologies to provide service to increasingly diverse and dispersed student cohorts. As a result, networked learning has emerged as an attractive option in the provision of ODL programs. In order for networked learning to be a viable long-term means of provision, it must demonstrate an ability to support learning in a sustainable way. This paper examines learner support in networked learning by identifying both opportunities for provision of high quality learner support and challenges to sustainable learner support in networked environments. In particular it examines the role of dialogue and collaboration in networked learning communities as well as the potential for networked communications infrastructure to support learning.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Author retains copyright. 3 print copies held in USQ Library at call no. 371.102 Enh.
Depositing User: epEditor USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:29
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2013 23:52
Uncontrolled Keywords: open and distance learning programs; programmes; networked learning; learner support
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080612 Interorganisational Information Systems and Web Services
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939903 Equity and Access to Education
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/819

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