Communities of Learning

MirandaNet, one of the strongest and best-established online education communities, has at its core the use of digital technologies to enhance learning.

These studies examine some of the ways in which online communities can be used as part of a blended learning experience, or for professional development.

  • Cross Cultural Comparison: Hong Kong and UK Postgraduates
    Cross cultural comparison: the introduction of new technology with post-graduate students in Hong Kong and in the United Kingdom. Dr. Helen Boulton, Nottingham Trent University. 2014 Abstract: This project focuses on the development of an existing virtual learning environment (VLE) within a Professional Doctorate course delivered in the United Kingdom (UK) and Hong Kong (HK).  The universities involved are Nottingham Trent University (NTU), teh course provider (55 students), and Hong Kong College of Technology (HKCT), where the course had been delivered for 2 years ... Read More ...
  • To observe and describe the process of using an online pupils’ community
    Title: Year: Author(s): Location: Abstract My practical introduction to the concept of e-learning and e-facilitation started with participation in mentored GTCE’s online discussion forums led to practice in efacilitation in forums with fellow course members on the GTCE site. I began to see the power of online discussion as an effective learning resource and as an excellent medium to give practitioners and pupils a ... Read More ...
  • Supporting peer-to-peer e-mentoring of novice teachers using social software
    Title: Year: Author(s): Location: This case study involves the use of social software tools to support both text- and voice-based peer-to-peer mentoring of pre-service teachers during their practicum placements. The participants were enrolled in the Australian Catholic University’s Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary), which is a one-year, entry-level program that allows graduates in non-education disciplines to become qualified secondary school teachers. The aim of ... Read More ...
  • The founding of MirandaNet
    Title: Year: Author(s): Location: The history of the founding of a professional organisation is often the key to the vision and practice of the members. For example, the consultants who work on MirandaNet projects in digital learning have first joined the MirandaNet community of practice, which is free, in a spirit of professional learning and sharing. Members are often first involved in ... Read More ...
  • Connecting the online study circle and the online learning community
    Title: Year: Author(s): Location: Abstract The Swedish Agency for Flexible Learning (CFL) is a government agency with the main task of supporting the development of flexible learning in the formal and non-formal adult education sectors.   CFL uses a net-based study circle paradigm to offer teacher training courses in net-based study circle pedagogics and methodology for the non-formal sector. However, although our basic course (40 hours, ... Read More ...