Share Paper: Reflections on the Notion of Community in Online Learning

  1. Priscilla Norton, George Mason University, United States
  2. Dawn Hathaway, George Mason University, United States
Tuesday, March 4 1:15-1:45 PM Capri 116

Abstract: Abstract: Community in online environments is often mentioned as a necessary condition for learning. To promote community, the authors offered a course forum, “Harp and Dwell,” where teacher-learners could build community if they chose. Using an action research approach, the authors analyzed the “Harp and Dwell” in two ways: quantitatively to summarize each group’s use of the forum and qualitatively to identify themes, similarities, and differences in each group’s use of the “Harp and Dwell.” Differences in the number of threads and follow up posts in the “Harp and Dwell” distinguished those groups who identified themselves as a virtual community ...