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The Rationale of Online Learning Communities

Journal article
Authors Urban Carlén
Ove Jobring
Published in The International Journal of Web Based Communities (IJWBC)
Volume 1
Issue 3
Pages 272-295
ISSN 1477-8394
Publication year 2005
Published at Department of Applied Information Technology (GU)
Pages 272-295
Language en
Keywords online learning communities, rationale, constituents, typology, web-based communities, social practice, collaboration
Subject categories Informatics, Pedagogy


Online learning communities facilitate communication between people who share common interests and learn collaboratively using networked technologies. Researchers and designers have to understand social practices in order to explore and develop technological tools for such collaboration and communication. In this article, a typology and constituents construct a rationale for examining this empirical phenomenon.

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