Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/17347
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
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/17347
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: 0158-7919
1475-0198
Field of Research (FOR): 130103 Higher Education
130306 Educational Technology and Computing
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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