The DEHub virtual learning space: a niche social network community of practice

Wise, Nathan and Tynan, Belinda (2011) The DEHub virtual learning space: a niche social network community of practice. In: Physical and virtual learning spaces in higher education: concepts for the modern learning environment. IGI Publishing (IGI Global), Hershey, PA. United States, pp. 136-146. ISBN 978-1-60960-114-0


Our concept of 'virtual learning spaces' is changing, as are the practices that are adopted within these spaces. To understand these changes, this chapter will provide an exploration of the conceptualisation and creation of an interactive, online, social network community of practice. The case that will be used is based around the Distance Education Hub (DEHub) which is both virtual and physical. DEHub is in the simultaneous process of constructing and facilitating a virtual space to support and encourage both knowledge dissemination and knowledge creation. The DEHub space focuses on learning as a cooperative, constructive, and dynamic process involving engaged communities of scholars, learners and practitioners. It will tackle the question of why this virtual learning space is defined as a niche social network and how this impacts on the conceptualisation and consequent development of virtual spaces - in this instance, co-development by the community. Finally, it will demonstrate through this analysis how changing concepts of 'virtual learning spaces' are put into practice through 'virtual space' design and development for creating and supporting niche social networks

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Learning and Teaching Support Unit
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Learning and Teaching Support Unit
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2012 07:15
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2017 05:53
Uncontrolled Keywords: DEHub; virtual learning space
Fields of Research (2008): 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0805 Distributed Computing > 080503 Networking and Communications
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Fields of Research (2020): 46 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 4606 Distributed computing and systems software > 460609 Networking and communications
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390405 Educational technology and computing
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development
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