This research is supported by a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
This research program examines the fundamental components and
characteristics of virtual learning communities in formal and non-formal learning
environments with the aim of developing a model of virtual learning
communities that is grounded in practice. When educators attempt to
develop virtual learning communities, a number of issues emerge. Some
issues are financial and logistic—how does one assemble the
technological and personal systems necessary to construct and maintain
a communication system? But the more important questions seem to centre
on the design, implementation, pedagogy and effects of virtual learning
communities, the socio-educational aspects of learning through this
means of communication.
This program of research addresses two fundamental questions:
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