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Learning, Culture and Community in Online Education

Research and Practice


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.
Contents: Amy Bruckman: Foreword: Reflecting on Best Practices – Caroline Haythornthwaite/Michelle M. Kazmer: Introduction: Multiple Perspectives and Practices in Online Education – Nicholas C. Burbules: Navigating the Advantages and Disadvantages of Online Pedagogy – Bertram C. Bruce: Maintaining the Affordances of Traditional Education. Long Distance – Caroline Haythornthwaite/Michelle M. Kazmer/Jennifer Robins/Susan Shoemaker: Community Development among Distance Learners: Temporal and Technological Dimensions – Betsy Hearne/Anna L. Nielsen: Catch a Cyber by the Tale: Online Orality and the Lore of a Distributed Learning Community – Michelle M. Kazmer/Caroline Haythornthwaite: Juggling Multiple Social Worlds: Distance Students Online and Offline – Michelle M. Kazmer: Disengaging from Online Community – Caroline Haythornthwaite/Alvan Bregman: Affordances of Peristent Conversation: Promoting Communities That Work – Jennifer Robins: Affording a Place: The Persistent Structures of LEEP – Karen Ruhleder: Changing Patterns of Participation: Interactions in a Synchronous Audio+Chat Classroom – Michael B. Twidale/Karen Ruhleder: Over-the-Shoulder Learning in a Distance. Education Environment – Pat Lawton/Rae-Anne Montague: Teaching and Learning Online: LEEP’s Tribal Gleanings – Rae-Anne Montague/Linda C. Smith: Faculty Perspectives – Christine A. Jenkins: The Virtual Classroom as Ludic Space – Leigh S. Estabrook: The Distance Education Program form the Management Perspective – Jill Gengler: User-Centered Support and Technology in LEEP – Susan E. Searing: Reshaping Traditional Services for Nontraditional Learning: The LEEP Student in the Library – Lanny Arvan: The View from Campus Administration.