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Learning Community

Keywords & Characteristics

  • Socio-constructivism
  • Community of Practice

Description & Ideas

A learning community is a group of people who share common values and beliefs, are actively engaged in learning together from each other.1

An online learning community collaborative is a common place on the Internet that addresses the learning needs of its members through proactive partnerships. Through social networking and computer-mediated communication, people work as a community to achieve a shared learning objective. Learning objectives may be proposed by an instructor or may arise out of discussions between participants that reflect personal interests. In an online community, people communicate via textual discussion (synchronous or asynchronous), audio, video, or other Internet-supported devices. Blogs blend personal journaling with social networking to create environments with opportunities for reflection.2

The concept of a community of practice (often abbreviated as CoP) refers to the process of social learning that occurs and shared sociocultural practices that emerge and evolve when people who have common goals interact as they strive towards those goals.3

Links & References

  1. Learning community on Wikipedia
  2. Online Learning Community on Wikipedia
  3. Community of Practice on Wikipedia