Connecting learners in virtual space: forming learning communities

Brodie, Lyn and Gibbings, Peter (2011) Connecting learners in virtual space: forming learning communities. In: Creating connections in teaching and learning. Research on Teaching and Learning. Information Age Publishing, Charlotte, NC, United States, pp. 233-248. ISBN 978-1-61735-550-9 (pbk); 978-1-61735-551-6 9 (hbk); 978-1-61735-552-3 (ebook)


This chapter reports on the development of a virtual learning community with a diverse group of engineering and surveying students, studying through problem-based learning (PBL) activities conducted in the distance mode. The students became active participants in the learning process through reflective thought and dialogue with others. These are critical to transformative learning and the social construction of knowledge.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Chapter 18. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2012 01:43
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2017 04:22
Uncontrolled Keywords: problem based learning; PBL; distance education; elearning; online learning; higher education research
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0805 Distributed Computing > 080503 Networking and Communications
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies

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