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Title: Building an online academic learning community among undergraduate students
Contributor(s): Nye, Adele  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2015
DOI: 10.1080/01587919.2015.1019969
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Abstract: Online learning communities are frequently created for higher education students; however, these are most often designed to cater to a particular unit or subject. In an effort to strengthen the Bachelor of Arts course at the University of New England, the author sought to create an online space that would promote an interdisciplinary and collegial dialogue among their broad on- and off-campus student cohort. This paper examines the building of an academic community among a large and diverse group of undergraduate students on a Moodle platform. The paper tracks the development of the multi-layered portal from the initial stages of planning to the indicators of strong engagement taken up by students, and eventually leading to the creation of similar portals across the university. In examining this process this paper highlights the shared desire by distance education students and academics for authentic and personal higher education participation regardless of the students' location.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Distance Education, 36(1), p. 115-128
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1475-0198
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 130103 Higher Education
130306 Educational Technology and Computing
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 390303 Higher education
390405 Educational technology and computing
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 930201 Pedagogy
930103 Learner Development
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 160302 Pedagogy
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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