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What makes a good online learning community?

What features would an online learning environment need to have to make it as effective as possible?
What learning communities, if any, have you been a part of that have helped your learning process? What was it that helped you learn in that environment?
It would be great to hear about the learning environment and community with respect to both technical and pedagogical operations.


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    Sep 21 2012: I have learned much here.

    I am working on updating my math skills at Kahn Academy.

    Coursera is just taking off, and just added 17 new partner universities.

    edX is just taking off, so I'm waiting for it to improve.

    I think that you need a year or so to see what is going on. But you may be interested in this video:

    Online learning is starting to take off!
    • Sep 22 2012: Thanks for sharing the video. I just watched it and it was certainly worth the time.

      I am currently studying a Graduate Certificate in eLearning at University of New England, Australia. It is an online course. I am learning that, as you say, online learning is taking off and it's potential to change education is incredible.

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