Chapter 1

Introduction

This chapter explains the purpose of the book and provides a brief introduction to online collaborative learning. It considers the concept of community, and how this can apply in an online setting. A brief commentary is given on the communication tools that can be used to support online learning communities. The chapter then explains how the book is organized, and how the subsequent chapters will use:

  • case studies from around the world
  • summaries of key points for practitioners
  • suggestions for further reading.

Chapter contents list:

  1. Learning in Social Networks
  2. Collaborative Learning Online
  3. Concepts of Community
  4. Tools for Online Communities
  5. Terminology
  6. Overview of the Book