A Socio-Emotional Approach to Building Communities of Learners Online

Carol Hall, Eric Hall and Lindsay Cooper

in e-Learning Initiatives in China

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9789622098671
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206861 | DOI:
A Socio-Emotional Approach to Building Communities of Learners Online

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This chapter examines the so-called emotional approach in the development of communities of online learners. It argues that building communities of learners online requires course developers in their production of materials, design of tasks and creation of the technological infrastructure, to aim consciously to reduce emotional distance and promote interactivity, social cohesion, co-operation, and collaboration between peers and tutors. The analysis reveals that individuals are willing to engage in experiential exercises online which involve significant degrees of personal learning and have the potential to contribute in positive ways to the socio-emotional development of a learning community.

Keywords: online learners; emotional distance; social cohesion; collaboration; peers; tutors; personal learning; learning community

Chapter.  6110 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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