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infoKit: effective use of VLEs

"The use of technology to support learning and teaching has changed dramatically in recent years.

Most institutions are now exploring the possibilities of e–learning and many have implemented VLEs or virtual learning environments. These tools offer great possibilities but they need to be used effectively if they are to deliver maximum benefit for students.

This infoKit takes you from the theoretical frameworks underpinning good teaching to the practice of e–learning. We consider how technology affects the roles of learner and teacher in a number of real–life scenarios. The infoKit is based on sound pedagogic approaches and draws on case studies of good practice across the UK.

Whether you are new to e–learning or an experienced practitioner there are pathways to guide you through the relevant sections of the infoKit. The infoKit will continue to grow and expand as the knowledge base develops and we welcome your participation in its further development."

(2011 Northumbria University, on behalf of JISC Advance)



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Simon Perkins
27 FEBRUARY 2011

A working definition of computer-mediated communication

"A working definition of CMC that, pragmatically and in light of the rapidly changing nature of communication technologies, does not specify forms, describes it as 'the process by which people create, exchange, and perceive information using networked telecommunications systems that facilitate encoding, transmitting, and decoding messages' (December, 1996). This seems to encompass both the delivery mechanisms, derived from communication theory, and the importance of the interaction of people that the technologies and processes mediate (Naughton, 2000). It also provides for great flexibility in approaches to researching CMC, as 'studies of cmc can view this process from a variety of interdisciplinary theoretical perspectives by focusing on some combination of people, technology, processes, or effects' (December, 1996)."

(Alexander Romiszowski & Robin Mason, 2004, p.398)

1). David H. Jonassen ed. (2004). 'Handbook of Research on Educational Communications and Technology'. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. ISBN 0805841458.


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Simon Perkins
08 JANUARY 2004

A Sociological Definition Of Community

sociologically speaking, the concept community encompasses far more than just conversation among people. Shared identity, affiliation, and support are characteristic of communities, as are community norms and the means to enforce them and reciprocity in social relations.

Types of Computer–Mediated Communities: online groups, computer–mediated communication (CMC) and information–sharing networks


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