Community of learning

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Closely related to Wenger's concept of a social learning system which is made up of a network of communities of practice.

A community can be described as a group of people whose identities within the group are defined by the form of their participation, interactions and relationships within the activities of the group. A community of learning is a community whose purpose is to engage and promote activities and interactions that allow for individual socially-constructed learning.

Types of learning communities

A learning community may consist of any or all of the following types of communities. They differ in the level of collaboration, the way they are formed and their objectives.

Online learning communities

An online learning community uses information and communication technologies (ICTs) to take part in the activities of the community. The computer-supported environment may be a support for the learning that takes place within a community or the community and the learning may exist entirely within the virtual environment.



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