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Internet Research Annual

Selected Papers from the Association of Internet Researchers Conference 2005, Volume 4

Mia Consalvo and Caroline Haythornthwaite

The Association of Internet Researchers conference is the highlight of the year for researchers involved in the cross-disciplinary field of Internet studies. It brings together scholars from around the world to meet and exchange ideas and research on the impact of the world-wide phenomenon of the Internet. The Annual, now in its fourth year, brings highlights from the contributions made at the 2005 conference held in Chicago, Illinois. Included is the full text of keynote speeches, given by Saskia Sassen, Sonia Livingstone, and Ang Peng Hwa, and a select set of papers drawn from the conference submissions.
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Caroline Haythornthwaite and Michelle M. Kazmer

In 1996 the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign began an Internet-based teaching program, allowing students across the United States – and the world – to earn a Master’s degree from a distance. The program, known as LEEP (Library Education Experimental Project), has been an outstanding success, and as an early innovation in Internet use, provides important lessons on how to flourish in an online environment.
Learning, Culture and Community in Online Education brings together significant new research on online education, using the LEEP program as a model to reveal a wealth of information about innovative online practices. Contributions by administrators, philosophers, faculty, librarians, technical staff, and researchers in the traditions of education, computer science, folklore, information science, and sociology, reveal the many perspectives to be taken into account when creating and maintaining distance learning programs. More than an analysis of the LEEP program, this book is an essential introduction to the variety of social and educational phenomena that occur within the socio-technical environments that support online learners.