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The process of disengaging from online learning community revealed through examination of threaded discussions
by Michelle M. Kazmer
International Journal of Web Based Communities (IJWBC), Vol. 8, No. 4, 2012


Abstract: The disengaging process is an important aspect of the lifecycle of distributed collaborative pursuits such as virtual groups, online social networking, and e-learning. To explore the disengaging process in online learning, this research analysed 667 discussion board posts made by a close community of e-learners during the final 1.5 years of their time together in a graduate degree programme. Using a model of disengaging to frame a qualitative analysis of the posts reveals findings about the ways the students change their roles as they near the time of graduation, and demonstrates the complex inter-relationship of elements of the disengaging model that emerges as the students shift their focus away from the online learning community.

Online publication date: Mon, 08-Oct-2012


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