Building active online interaction via a collaborative learning community

Chih Hsiung Tu, Michael Corry

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Online interaction creates a desirable learning situation. Transferring traditional instruction to an online environment usually does not generate effective interaction for learning. This paper discusses theories and practices for an interactive collaborative learning community in an online environment. Three theoretical constructs-interactivity, social context, and technologies-are discussed to provide a theoretical foundation. Effective online interactive strategies and activities, communications, online discussions, technology selections, peer evaluations, team moderations, team projects/presentations, and online learning specialists are recommended to maximize online learning interaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDistance Education
Subtitle of host publicationWhat Works Well
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780203050224
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012


  • Active learning
  • Computer-mediated communication
  • Distance education
  • E-learning
  • Interaction
  • Learning community
  • Online collaboration
  • Online moderation
  • Small group instructional design
  • Teamwork

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science


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