Virtual Learning Community Model



Book

Schwier, R.A. (2011). Connections: Virtual learning communities. Saskatoon, SK: Copestone. | full text download


Book Chapters

Schwier, R.A. (2011). The elusive metaphor of virtual learning communities.  In G. Anglin (Ed.) Instructional technology: Past, present, future (3rd ed.)(pp. 295-306).  Englewood Cliffs, CO: Libraries Unlimited. | abstract

Schwier, R.A., & Daniel, B.K. (2008). Implications of a virtual learning community model for designing distributed communities of practice in higher education.  In C. Kimbel & P. Hildreth (Eds.), Communities of Practice: Creating Learning Environments for Educators. Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing. | abstract

Schwier, R.A.  (2007). A typology of catalysts, emphases and elements of virtual learning communities. In R. Luppicini (Ed.), Trends in distance education: A focus on communities of learning (pp. 17-40). Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing.| abstract

Schwier, R. (2007). Shaping the metaphor of community in online learning environments. In G. Calverley, M. Childs, & L. Schneiders (Eds.) Video for education (pp. 68-76). London, UK: DIVERSE and the Association for Learning Technologies. | full text

Schwier, R.A., & Daniel, B.K. (2007). Did we become a community? Multiple methods for identifying community and its constituent elements in formal online learning environments.  In N. Lambropoulos, & P. Zaphiris (Eds.), User- evaluation and online communities  (pp. 29-53). Hershey, PA: Idea Group Publishing. | abstract

Schwier, R.A., & Dykes, M.E. (2007) The continuing struggle for community and content in blended technology courses in higher education.  In M. Bullen, M., & D. Janes  (Eds.), Making the transition to e-learning: Issues and strategies (pp. 157-172). Hershey, PA: Information Science Publishing. | abstract

Papers in Refereed Journals

Daniel, B., & Schwier, R.A. (2010).   Employing social network techniques to understand community engagement in a formal virtual learning community. International Journal of Virtual Communities and Social Networking, 2(4), 31-50. | abstract.

Schwier, R.A. (2010). Focusing educational technology research on informal learning environments. Contemporary Educational Technology, 1(1), 90-92. Retrieved from http://www.cedtech.net/articles/118.pdf

Wilson, J.R., & Schwier, R.A. (2009). Authenticity in the process of learning about instructional design. Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, 35(2). Retrieved from http://www.cjlt.ca/index.php/cjlt/article/view/520

Daniel, B., & Schwier, R.A. (2007). A bayesian belief network model of a virtual learning community.  International Journal of Web Based Communities, 3(2), 151-169. | full text

Daniel, B., McCalla, G., & Schwier, R.A. (2008). Social network analysis techniques: Implications for information knowledge sharing in virtual learning communities. International Journal of Advanced Media and Communication, 2(1), 20-34. | full text

Daniel. B., Schwier, R.A., & Ross, H. (2007). Synthesis of the process of learning through discourse in a formal virtual learning community. Journal of Interactive Learning Research, 18(4), 461-477. | full text

Daniel, B., Schwier, R., & McCalla, G. (2003). Social capital in virtual learning communities and distributed communities of practice. Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, 29(3), 113-139. | full text

Dykes, M.E., & Schwier, R.A. (2003). Content and community redux: Instructor and student interpretations of online communication in a graduate seminar. Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, 29(2), 79-99. | full text

Schwier, R.A., & Balbar, S. (2002). The interplay of content and community in synchronous and asynchronous communication: virtual communication in a graduate seminar. Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, 28(2), 21-30. | full text

Schwier, R.A. (2001). Catalysts, emphases and elements of virtual learning communities: Implications for research and practice. The Quarterly Review of Distance Education, 2(1), 5-18. | full text

Kowch, E., & Schwier, R.A. (1998). Considerations in the construction of technology-based virtual learning communities. Canadian Journal of Educational Communication, 26(1), 1-12. | full text

Refereed Conference Papers

Schwier, R.A., & Koroluk, J. (2011, June). Creating learning communities in online learning environments. Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Conference, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. | slides 

Schwier, R.A. (2010, July). Comparing learning communities in formal, non-formal and informal learning environments: Cattle drives, watering holes, and murders of crows.  AECT 2010 Summer Research Symposium, Bloomington, Indiana.

 Schwier, R.A. (2010, June). Thinning the walls of our classrooms: Inviting informal learners to join formal learning environments. Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Conference (STLHE 2010), Toronto, Ontario.

Schwier, R.A., Morrison, D., & Daniel, B.K. (2008). A comparison of formal and non-formal virtual learning communities. In V. Uskov (Ed.), Proceedings the Seventh IASTED International Conference on Web-Based Education, Innsbruck, Austria (pp. 321-326). Calgary, AB: International Association of Science and Technology for Educational Development & ACTA Press. | full text

Daniel, B.K., & Schwier, R.A. (2007). Engagement and knowledge sharing in a virtual learning community. In C. Montgomerie & J. Seale (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-Media 2007 (pp. 639-646). Cheseapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education. | full text

Daniel, B.K. McCalla, G.I. & Schwier, R.A. (2007).) Bayesian Belief Network approach for analysis of intercultural collaboration in virtual communities using social capital theory (pp. 291-305). In T. Ishida, S.R. Fussell, & P.T.J.M. Vossen, (Eds.). Intercultural collaboration I: Lecture notes in computer science. New York: Springer-Verlag. Paper presented at The First International Workshop on 
Intercultural Collaboration:
IWIC2007, Kyoto, Japan. | full text

Schwier, R.A., & Daniel, B.K. (2007, March). Methods for deconstructing and reconstructing community in virtual learning environments. Seventh Annual Instructional Systems Technology Conference. Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. | slide presentation

Schwier, R.A. & Daniel, B.K. (2006). Aggregated approaches to identifying community and its constituent elements in formal blended learning environments. In M. Simonson & M. Crawford (Eds.), Proceedings of selected research and development papers from the Annual Conference of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (pp. 397-406). Dallas, TX: AECT . | full text

Schwier, R.A. & Daniel, B.K. (2006, October). Aggregated approaches to identifying community and its constituent elements in formal blended learning environments. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association  for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), Dallas, TX. | slideshow presentation

Ross, H., Schwier, R.A., & Daniel, B.K. (2006, May) Fresh faces in blended learning environments. Paper presented at TLt 2006, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, May 1. | full text

Daniel, B.K., Schwier, R.A., & Ross, H. (2005, October). Intentional and incidental discourse variables in a virtual learning community. Proceedings of E-Learn 2005, Vancouver, British Columbia. | slide presentation

Daniel, B., McCalla, G., & Schwier, R.A. (2005, November). Bayesian Model of Social Capital in Virtual Learning Communities: Process, Procedures and Challenges. LORNET Conference, Vancouver, BC, November 18, 2005. | slide presentation

Schwier, R.A. (2005, October). 'The Nature of Manifest Learning in Two Virtual Learning Communities. Annual conference of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, Orlando, Florida, October 21, 2005. | slide presentation

Daniel, B.K., McCalla, G.I., & Schwier, R.A. (2005). Data mining and modeling social capital in virtual learning communities. The proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education, Amsterdam, 18-22 July. pp. 2003-2008. | full text

Schwier, R.A., Daniel, B., & Ross, H. (2005). Fundamental characteristics of formal virtual learning communities. Teaching, Learning and Technology Symposium, Regina, SK, May 2, 2005.

Daniel, B, McCalla, G., & Schwier, R.A.  (2004). Virtual Communities: Directions for Learning, Technology, and Research in Distance Education. Annual conference of the Canadian Association for Distance Education, Toronto, ON, May 31.

Schwier, R., & Dykes, M. (2004). The Struggle for Community and Content in Virtual Learning Communities. Proceedings of Ed-Media 2004 (pp. 2976-2982), Lugano, Switzerland. | full text

Schwier, R.A. (2002). Shaping the metaphor of community in online learning environments. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Educational Conferencing. The Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta, June 1. | full text

Daniel, B., McCalla, G., & Schwier, R.A. (2002). A process model for building social capital in virtual learning communities. Proceedings of the International Conference on Computers in Education (pp. 574-577), Auckland, NZ.

Schwier, R.A. (1999). Turning learning environments into learning communities: Expanding the notion of interaction in multimedia. Proceedings of the World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications, Seattle, Washington: Association for the Advancement of Computers in Education, June 23.

Invited Conference Presentations

Schwier, R.A. (2011, October). Connections and contexts. The birth, growth and death of online learning communities.  Keynote address to E-Learn 2011, World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare & Higher Education, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Schwier, R.A., & Koroluk, J. (2011). The conundrum of online discussions. Bridges, 9(3), 4-7.

Schwier, R.A. (2011). Connections and contexts. The birth, growth and death of online learning communities.  Proceedings of E-Learn 2011, World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare & Higher Education.

Schwier, R.A. (2011, February). The many faces of learning networks: Klatsches and communities. University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Schwier, R.A. (2011, January). New metaphors for online learning. EdTechTalk podcast. EdTech Weekly #181.

Schwier, R.A. (2010, October). Los muchos rostros de las comunidades de aprendizaje (The many faces of learning communities). Keynote presentation to the Online Education Symposium 2.0, Guadalajara, Mexico.

Schwier, R.A. (2009, June).  Pursuing the elusive metaphor of learning community in formal and non-formal settings. Invited paper presented at ED-MEDIA 2009, Honolulu, Hawaii, June, 26, 2009. | full text | slides | recording

Schwier, R.A. (2008, May). Where is the community hiding in Web 2.0?  Keynote address. UBC Okanagan Learning Conference, Kelowna, British Columbia. | slide presentation

Schwier, R.A. (2008, May). Our First Life - Technology for Important Things. Keynote address. Campus Saskatchewan Teaching and Learning with the Power of Technology Conference, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. | slide presentation

Schwier, R.A. (2007, October). Creating online learning communities in higher education courses.  Professional development session for the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness.

Schwier, R.A. (2007, September). Overview of research from the Virtual Learning Communities Research Laboratory. College of Education Homecoming research presentation, University of Saskatchewan.

Schwier, R.A., Daniel, B.K., & Ross, H.M. (2007, September). VLC Research Lab: Core research activities and directions. University of Saskatchewan & College of Education homecoming poster session, September 14-15, 2007.

Schwier, R.A., Hannah, D., & Sackney, L.  (2006, October). Learning communities. Panel presentation for the Provost's Symposium on Teaching and Learning. University of Saskatchewan, October 31.

Schwier, R.A. (2006, September). A Sideways look at virtual learning communities. Keynote address to the Saskatchewan Association for Computers in Education (SACE 2006).  Saskatoon, SK.

Schwier, R.A. (2006, March). Forests, orchards and stone fences: Lessons from research and practice about what makes virtual learning communities work.  Keynote address, You're IT Symposium. Saskatchewan Educational Technology Consortium, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, March 16, 2006.

Schwier, R. (2005). Searching for Bedford Falls on the Web.  Keynote address, Association for Media and Technology in Education in Canada, Calgary, AB, May 27.

Schwier, R.A., Daniel, B., & Ross, H. (2005). Fundamental characteristics of formal virtual learning communities. Online presentation to Canadian distance education researchers sponsored by the Canadian Insitute for Distance Education Research, March 24, 2005. Archive of session available at http://cider.athabascau.ca/CIDERSessions/sessionarchive. | slide presentation

Schwier, R. (2004). Virtual learning communities research. Festival of Research, College of Education, University of Saskatchewan. Poster session, October 22, 2004.

Schwier, R.A. (2004). Brass tacks for online learning: Observations from the trenches. Keynote address to Riding the Crest of Change: Technology Enhanced Teaching and Learning Conference.  Regina, SK, May 5.