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A theory of online learning as online participation
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Information Science, Computer Systems Sciences.
2009 (English)In: Computers and education, ISSN 0360-1315, Vol. 52, no 1, 78-82 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper, an initial theory of online learning as online participation is suggested. It is argued that online learner participation (1) is a complex process of taking part and maintaining relations with others, (2) is supported by physical and psychological tools, (3) is not synonymous with talking or writing, and (4) is supported by all kinds of engaging activities. Participation and learning are argued to be inseparable and jointly constituting. The implication of the theory is straightforward: If we want to enhance online learning, we need to enhance online learner participation.

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2009. Vol. 52, no 1, 78-82 p.
Keyword [en]
Online learning, Online learner participation, Learning theory
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Information Science
Research subject
Computer Science with specialization in Computer Science Education Research
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-99031DOI: 10.1016/j.compedu.2008.06.009ISI: 000263701900008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-99031DiVA: diva2:201983
Available from: 2009-03-06 Created: 2009-03-06 Last updated: 2010-12-29Bibliographically approved

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