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Learnet—A Model for Virtual Learning Communities in the World Wide Web
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, , , , Tel-Aviv University, Israel

IJET Volume 6, Number 2, ISSN 1077-9124 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

Computer mediated communication (CMC), a central feature of cyberspace, is also a key resource for the creation of innovative technology-based educational environments. However, the real significance of these environments for education is still unclear. Our aim in this paper is to propose a particular educational con-figuration based on CMC technology, the Learnet, based on the combination of three components: a virtual community (social dimension), hosted by an appropriate virtual environment (tech-nological dimension), and embodying advanced pedagogical ideas (educational dimension). The dimensions and variables of the Learnet model are presented, and applied in the analysis of four examples of Virtual Learning Environments in the Web. We con-clude suggesting that environments encompassing the features of the Learnets model may promote learning processes based on members' personal interests, willingness to participate, and mo-tivation to interact with peers, teachers, and other knowledge sources within a dynamic learning community.

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Nachmias, R., Mioduser, D., Lahav, O. & Oren, A. (2000). Learnet—A Model for Virtual Learning Communities in the World Wide Web. International Journal of Educational Telecommunications, 6(2), 141-157. Charlottesville, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved November 22, 2019 from .

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