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Authors: Beverly Trayner 1 ; John D. Smith 2 and Marco Bettoni 3

Affiliations: 1 Escola Superior de Ciências Empresariais, Portugal ; 2 Learning Alliances and CPsquare, United States ; 3 Swiss Distance University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland

ISBN: 978-972-8865-47-4

Keyword(s): International virtual learning communities, international online communities, identity of participation, communities of practice, social learning perspective, e-learning, technology wishes.

Related Ontology Subjects/Areas/Topics: Computer-Supported Education ; e-Learning ; Information Technologies Supporting Learning ; Virtual Learning Environments

Abstract: A promise of new web-based technologies is that they provide learning opportunities for people distributed across the globe but who can participate across time and space in the same virtual learning community. How do they do it? In this paper we report on some of the experiences of a virtual learning community which has members from twenty-five countries across different time-zones and who communicate in English. Through a communities of practice perspective we focus on the social nature of learning and describe some of the challenges and design issues raised in this community as it explores and develops practices for learning in an international online environment. While our focus is on social practices, and on developing an identity of participation in relation to those practices, we also make some wishes for web-based technologies that would better support these practices in an international virtual learning community.

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Paper citation in several formats:
Trayner B.; D. Smith J.; Bettoni M. and (2006). PARTICIPATION IN INTERNATIONAL VIRTUAL LEARNING COMMUNITIES - A Social Learning Perspective.In Proceedings of WEBIST 2006 - Second International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technologies - Volume 2: WEBIST, ISBN 978-972-8865-47-4, pages 229-236. DOI: 10.5220/0001257502290236

@conference{webist06,
author={Beverly Trayner and John {D. Smith} and Marco Bettoni},
title={PARTICIPATION IN INTERNATIONAL VIRTUAL LEARNING COMMUNITIES - A Social Learning Perspective},
booktitle={Proceedings of WEBIST 2006 - Second International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technologies - Volume 2: WEBIST,},
year={2006},
pages={229-236},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0001257502290236},
isbn={978-972-8865-47-4},
}

TY - CONF

JO - Proceedings of WEBIST 2006 - Second International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technologies - Volume 2: WEBIST,
TI - PARTICIPATION IN INTERNATIONAL VIRTUAL LEARNING COMMUNITIES - A Social Learning Perspective
SN - 978-972-8865-47-4
AU - Trayner, B.
AU - D. Smith, J.
AU - Bettoni, M.
PY - 2006
SP - 229
EP - 236
DO - 10.5220/0001257502290236

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