The development of a learning community in an e-learning environment

Chang, Heejin ORCID: (2012) The development of a learning community in an e-learning environment. International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning, 7 (2). pp. 154-161.


One of the practical problems posed by the increasing use of virtual learning environments (VLEs) and learning management systems (LMSs) is the need to create a cohesive learning community among students who access online courses. This article describes an online language course whose main aim was to develop a learning community in which participants felt confident enough to share their work with others, and to offer and receive comments on their assignments. The course was designed for students learning English as a foreign language (EFL) at a university in Korea. The main features of the course were that students were encouraged to collaborate in pair and group discussions, and to post their work in the VLE so that others could read and comment on it. Data was gathered from the students' journals, their assignments, feedback and comments posted on the web board, and emails to the instructor. The results showed that, in the process of completing the course, the majority of the students reported a strong sense of 'belonging' to a learning community, developing a close rapport with other students by sharing their work, exchanging comments and taking part in discussions. The students felt proud of their work as well as of the process of working together with others. The results suggest that opportunities for social interaction and feedback play a crucial role in developing the emotional connection which helps to create a collaborative learning environment and support an effective learning community.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Arts - School of Humanities and Communication (1 Apr 2011 - 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Arts - School of Humanities and Communication (1 Apr 2011 - 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 03 May 2013 06:15
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2015 01:08
Uncontrolled Keywords: learning community; collaboration; virtual learning environment Introduction
Fields of Research (2008): 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0805 Distributed Computing > 080599 Distributed Computing not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2003 Language Studies > 200303 English as a Second Language
Fields of Research (2020): 46 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 4606 Distributed computing and systems software > 460699 Distributed computing and systems software not elsewhere classified
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390405 Educational technology and computing
47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4703 Language studies > 470306 English as a second language
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
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