Experiencing Learning in an Online Community of Practice
Meng-Fen Lin, University of Houston, United States
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Montreal, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-56-3 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
Classroom experiences only account for a small portion of the ways students learn. Time in the library, interacting with professors and peers, and reading textbooks are all important and meaningful learning activities. As technology becomes more prominent in our daily lives, and as knowledge consumers become knowledge producers, we need to look at learning beyond the classroom walls and extend the educational environment into the Internet where informal communities can provide energetic venues for learning. Dewey's notion of an Educative Experience will provide the first theoretical framework for the current study, wrapping around Wenger's framework of Community of Practice (CoP). The assumption is that knowing is distributed across groups and learning takes place in a community within which personal experience is situated. Most literatures in CoP are theoretical, with few empirical studies. None has used Dewey's Educative Experience as the lens looking into how learning takes place in a CoP that is individually continuous and socially interactive.
Lin, M.F. (2005). Experiencing Learning in an Online Community of Practice. In P. Kommers & G. Richards (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2005--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 4840-4843). Montreal, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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