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Learning/mentoring communities

Posted By: Mary Lewis on May 13, 2004
I am working on the literature review for my dissertation on the integration of transformative learning and distance education and have come to the conclusion that the formation of learning communities is an important component of the process. There are studies that have explored this question which I have found to be interesting and promising. Brown, R.E. (2001). The process of community building in distance learning classes. Asynchronous Learning Journal 4(2) http://www.aln.org/publications/jaln/v5n2-brown.asp.
Another is Rovia, A.P. (2002). International review of research in open and distance learning: Building sense of community at a distance from www.irrodle.org/content/v3.1/rovai.html.

I have found that the literature shows that the art and practice of facilitation is important in both building a learning community and for transformative learning at a distance. A good book on this topic is by Collison, G., Elbaum, B., Haavind S., and Tinker, B, (2000). Facilitating online learning: Effective strategies for moderators. Madison VT: Atwood Publishing.

I too would love to learn more.
Mary Lewis
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