Facilitating community building in Learning Networks through peer tutoring in ad hoc transient communities

Liesbeth Kester, Peter Sloep, Peter Van Rosmalen, Francis Brouns, Malik Koné, Rob Koper

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    Abstract

    Learning in a so called Learning Network is particularly attractive to self-directed learners, who themselves decide on their learning programme as well as on the timing, pace and place of their studies. However, such learners may easily become isolated, which is detrimental to their studies. Furthermore, supporting them with their studies rapidly lead to staff overload. This paper discusses of ad hoc, transient communities as a means of tackling both problems. It is argued that such communities are well poised to enhance the sociability of a Learning Network and increase learning effectiveness.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)198-205
    Number of pages8
    JournalInternational Journal of Web Based Communities
    Volume3
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 18 Apr 2007

    Keywords

    • learning networks
    • self-directed learners
    • community building
    • peer tutoring

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