Title: Facilitating community building in learning networks through peer tutoring in ad hoc transient communities

Authors: Liesbeth Kester, Peter B. Sloep, Peter Van Rosmalen, Francis Brouns, Malik Kone, Rob Koper

Addresses: Educational Technology Expertise Centre, Open University of the Netherlands, P.O. Box 2960 6401 DL Heerlen, The Netherlands. ' Educational Technology Expertise Centre, Open University of the Netherlands, P.O. Box 2960 6401 DL Heerlen, The Netherlands. ' Educational Technology Expertise Centre, Open University of the Netherlands, P.O. Box 2960 6401 DL Heerlen, The Netherlands. ' Educational Technology Expertise Centre, Open University of the Netherlands, P.O. Box 2960 6401 DL Heerlen, The Netherlands. ' Educational Technology Expertise Centre, Open University of the Netherlands, P.O. Box 2960 6401 DL Heerlen, The Netherlands. ' Educational Technology Expertise Centre, Open University of the Netherlands, P.O. Box 2960 6401 DL Heerlen, The Netherlands

Abstract: Learning in a so-called Learning Network is particularly attractive to self-directed learners, who themselves decide on their learning programme as well as the timing, pace and place of their studies. However, such learners may easily become isolated, which is detrimental to their studies. Furthermore, supporting them in their studies rapidly leads to staff overload. This paper discusses ad hoc transient communities as a means of tackling both problems. Such communities are well poised to enhance the sociability of a Learning Network and increase learning effectiveness.

Keywords: learning networks; peer tutoring; community building; self-directed learners; web based communities; ad hoc communities; transient communities; sociability; learning effectiveness.

DOI: 10.1504/IJWBC.2007.014080

International Journal of Web Based Communities, 2007 Vol.3 No.2, pp.198 - 205

Published online: 18 Jun 2007 *

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