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The Online Learning Community: Friend or Faux?

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  • Everyone involved in online education talks about community – what is it, how is it created, do students really want it? Most researchers now agree that online education is enhanced through a greater sense of community within the online classroom; however, the factors that make for a substantive and quality online “community of inquiry” (Garrison, Anderson, & Archer, 2000) remain somewhat elusive. It continues to be a challenging task to embrace the concept of community in a way that is holistic enough to resonate with all students, and it is equally challenging to definitively grasp the factors that allow for its creation within every online classroom. This paper examines the discourse on community within several social science disciplines while also exploring community in online education more broadly.
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  • Nolan, M., & Kellar, B. (2018). Online learning community: Friend or faux? White Paper. Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University Ecampus Research Unit.
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