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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: free access - no cost for device or internet connection and use.
    • Sep 26 2012: Sounds good! I wonder if it will ever happen and to what degree.
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        Sep 26 2012: there needs to be a fundamental shift in a lot of attitudes before this becomes reality.

        education (at tertiary level) is about purchasing a ticket into a club (purchase in the widest sense of the word). academia can never replace real experience (obviously for some professions, it's essential prep)

        i think there is still a bit of a hangover from the days when "free" meant "inferior". eg i'm sure people will continue to be more impressed by a Harvard degree than an free, self-built degree for a little while longer.

        the major issue will be reliability of the information so people will need to constantly question everything they receive (only a good thing. we need more of this).

        having said that, we are now living in a time when "truth" is becoming less relevant and "what version do you prefer" is becoming the order of the day.


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