Growing Virtual Communities

Debbie Garber, International Review of Research in Open, Distance Learning, Aug 04, 2004
Commentary by Stephen Downes

It is impossible to ignore IRRODL, and the current edition is no exception, containing work on blended learning and interaction. And although the content are well chosen, this issue is a bit choppier than usual. Take, for example, this article. a discussion of the development of online communities, that begins with section Xxxiv. The content, obviously part of a larger work, is generally reliable, but doesn't really advance beyond what we already know. "Social factors are central to the planning, nurturing, and life cycle of learning communities. Participation, communication, and interaction are at their heart."
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