Online and Social Networking Communities

A Best Practice Guide for Educators

By Karen Kear

© 2011 – Routledge

210 pages

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About the Book

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:

  • real-world case studies and quality research
  • must-have lists of useful resources
  • guidance on building and supporting online learning communities
  • discussion of how collaborative learning can be assessed
  • coverage of wikis, forums, blogging, instant messaging, Second Life, Twitter, desktop videoconferencing and social networking sites such as Facebook.

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.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

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

About the Author

Karen Kear is a Senior Lecturer in the Communication and Systems Department, Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology, The Open University, UK.

About the Series

Open and Flexible Learning Series

This internationally respected series features invaluable contributions from the world's leading experts in the field of online learning. It offers a combination of innovative research and practical advice, offering valuable insights into the comprehensive process of developing, teaching, learning, and managing online and distance learning materials.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDU000000
EDUCATION / General
EDU039000
EDUCATION / Computers & Technology
EDU041000
EDUCATION / Distance Education & Learning