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LearnScope and the Development of Virtual Learning Communities PROCEEDINGS

, Southern Cross University, Australia ; , NSW Dept of Education and Training, Australia

World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications, ISBN 978-1-880094-40-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA


The Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector in Australia is coming under increasing pressure, both nationally and internationally, to deliver courses in flexible ways that incorporate the latest in information and communications technologies such as the Internet and the World Wide Web. LearnScope is a national initiative funded by the Australian National Training Authority (ANTA). Its aim is to provide professional development support to individuals and work groups in order to develop skills and capabilities for the online environment A preliminary study of LearnScope's Virtual Learning Community (VLC) was undertaken using a questionnaire based survey plus analysis of transcripts of forum discussions and published stories. The results highlight the complexity of the role of providing professional development for establishing online learning communities. The major areas of Technical Skills and Computer Literacy, Writing and Communication Skills, issues of Interactivity, and the development of Self-related attributes are identified as important if the VET sector is to build a critical mass of creative, capable instructors to work in the online environment.


Ellis, A. & Weatherley, R. (2000). LearnScope and the Development of Virtual Learning Communities. In J. Bourdeau & R. Heller (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2000 (pp. 1636-1637). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.


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