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 technologiesare 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)
Pages (from-to)51-59
Number of pages9
JournalComputers in the Schools
Issue number3
StatePublished - Nov 21 2003


  • 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
  • Education
  • Library and Information Sciences


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