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The Collaboration in a Virtual Community of Practice
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, School of Education - State University of Campinas, Brazil ; , Geosciences and Exact Sciences Institute - São Paulo State University, Brazil ; , School of Education - State University of Campinas, Brazil

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Orlando, Florida, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-83-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA

Abstract

This paper investigates the characteristics of the constitution and management process of a virtual learning community created by a specialization course, which used TelEduc environment to host their interactive classes. It introduces the virtual learning communities as “Virtual Communities of Practice”, presenting new characteristics to the online teaching-learning process. A qualitative and a quantitative analysis were made with the purpose of evincing the students’ (coordinators) perception of the course regarding the characteristics of the constitution process and the management actions of a virtual community of practice. We are going to describe the qualitative analysis, considering the factors that we had found: collaboration, interaction and communication, activities in TelEduc, in-person classes, feedback, technical factors and online course organization. These factors were interpreted under the theoretical perspective of the virtual communities of practice. The main characteristic found in the “Specialization Course in School Coordination” by students was collaboration.

Citation

Silva, M., Miskulin, R. & da Silva, D. (2010). The Collaboration in a Virtual Community of Practice. In J. Sanchez & K. Zhang (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2010--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 2176-2185). Orlando, Florida, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved July 24, 2019 from .

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