Papers & Workshops



  Virtual Learning Communities: Issues and Challenges


Dr. Allen Yuen

Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum Studies, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong



The use of the Internet in education is a popular and hot topic in recent years and many see the World Wide Web (WWW) as a promising tool in teaching and learning. Learning network is a group of people who learn together by employing Computer Mediated Communications (CMC) and seven models of learning network have been identified by Harasim et al. (1995). The technologies of CMC make virtual communities possible and have the potential to bring enormous changes to our learning experience of the real word, as individual and communities. In a review of the literature on virtual learning communities (VLC), five dimensions have been emerged: technicalities, information quality, learning models, motivation, and culture. This paper discusses the issues and challenges of VLC according to these dimensions and their implications to the use Internet in education.

  Presentation Format: 45 min. paper

RMIT, Melbourne, Australia

5-9 July 2000