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Learning Communities: Theory and Practice of Leveraging Social Media for Learning

Learning Communities: Theory and Practice of Leveraging Social Media for Learning
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Author(s): Heather Robinson (University of North Texas, USA), Whitney Kilgore (University of North Texas, USA) and Aras Bozkurt (Anadolu University, Turkey & University of South Africa, South Africa)
Copyright: 2020
Pages: 20
Source title: Managing and Designing Online Courses in Ubiquitous Learning Environments
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Gürhan Durak (Balıkesir University, Turkey) and Serkan Çankaya (İzmir Democracy University, Turkey)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-9779-7.ch004

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Abstract

The purpose of this chapter is to present the similarities and differences of three learning communities: communities of practice (CoPs), professional learning communities (PLCs), and professional learning networks (PLNs). For this purpose, researchers adopted a qualitative phenomenological approach and interviews with three connected educators and content area experts were conducted regarding their views, perceptions, and experiences of the various learning communities and how technology (specifically Twitter) is used as part of their learning in an open community. Additionally, the interviews helped explain the current practices in community development and support, the evolution from a lurker to a contributor to a community leader, and the evolution from a community to a network.

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