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Online forums as learning resources.

Some case studies from MirandaNet.

John Cuthell

Year of posting: 2006


This is a paper presented at the Web-Based Communities Conference, held in San Sebastian, Spain in February 2006.   I used the occasion to focus on the work that has been carried out by MirandaNet Fellows during the past few years.   A number of the studies look at the way in which can be used in the classoom.


My concern is that a great deal of time and money has been - and is still being - spent to evaluate online environments, when there is a considerable body of experience that has been published by MirandaNet Fellows, much of which uses


To save the wheel being continually re-invented I presented this paper.   Many of the delegates were surprised that a successful online community had existed for more than ten years, and that so many serious, high-level papers had been written by teachers, rather than by academic researchers.


The full paper can be downloaded from the link.   Here's the abstract: 

This paper describes a number of small-scale studies that focus on the ways in which e-learning can be integrated in a range of settings for teachers and their pupils. They examine a range of projects: those based in classrooms; home-school environments; after-school activities; school-based continuous professional development (CPD); subject-based CPD in national contexts and post-graduate accreditation. The work of primary and secondary school pupils and adult learners is considered. 


Online discussion forums continuous professional development.

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