Fostering effective learning community in the online classroom

Mary I Dereshiwsky

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Online learning communities are an important aspect of successful virtual learning experiences. They bring opportunities for peer collaboration and sharing of ideas in a globally based classroom unrestricted by time and space. At the same time, online learning community participants may face some challenges of effective communication and collaboration as compared to traditional face-to-face learning environments. The author discusses issues, concerns, and potential solutions with regard to online learning communities in the areas of discussion participation, group work on assignments, faculty concerns, and miscellaneous issues such as technology access. Maximizing the potential of online learning communities will facilitate higher-order learning in the technologically mediated twenty-first century classroom.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEnhancing Education Through Open Degree Programs and Prior Learning Assessment
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781522552567
ISBN (Print)1522552553, 9781522552550
StatePublished - May 11 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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