Online and Social Networking Communities
A Best Practice Guide for Educators
By Karen Kear
Routledge – 2011 – 210 pages
Online and Social Networking Communities is a professional guide written for educational practitioners and trainers who wish to use online communication tools effectively in their teaching. Focusing on the student experience of learning in online communities, it addresses ‘web 2.0’ and other ‘social software’ tools and considers the role these technologies play in supporting student learning and building learning communities.
The guide offers:
Online and Social Networking Communities helps educators and trainers develop a critical approach by exploring online learning from both the student’s and educator’s perspective. This practical guide provides the tools to help develop confident and thoughtful online educators, able to create successful and enjoyable learning experiences for their students.
2. Theories of learning in online communities
3. Tools for online learning communities
4. Benefits and problems of online learning communities
5. Too much information
6. Feeling connected
7. In real time
8. Assessment for learning in online communities
9. Supporting online learning communities
Karen Kear is a Senior Lecturer in the Communication and Systems Department, Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology, The Open University, UK.