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IDENTIFIERS Learning Communities

By Mary Ginsburg and Contract Ra


This report describes the general features of "online learning communities, " community organizations that have constructed learning delivery systems that effectively combine elements of the distance learning and traditional models of instruction. It discusses the online learning community framework and explains the four features of these communities: learning environment, vision of adult learning and development, instructional model, and social construct. Three communities are highlighted that demonstrate general features of online learning communities and represent different stages of the process of online community building: "SeniorNet " is well established online, "Neighborhood Networks " is exploring connections beyond its initial purpose of providing training for employment, and "Bridging the Gap of Isolation/Powering Up " is at the beginning of using technology to create an online community for rural communities it serves Each case study focuses on two major elements most important to adul

Year: 2016
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