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 e-Learning in Virtual Communities of Practice - And Beyond? Research Findings based on Interviews with Students and Teachers in Second Language E-Learning Settings in Denmark.

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  • Department of Educational Anthropology
The work of Lave and Wenger on learning in 'communities of practice' has evoked a considerable response in e-learning environments through-out the world including Denmark in the last few decades. Within the development of web-based second language learning, the ideas of learning in communities of practice and of situated and collaborative learning have deeply inspired educators and teachers and, to a certain degree, become the theoretical and practical framework for developing web-based learning platforms, while findings from this research indicate that students perceive e-learning as a far more individual process. The aim of this paper is to investigate aspects of the Danish development of e-learning platforms and, especially students' and teachers' very differing perceptions of e-learning and the concepts behind it. The analysis is based on student and teacher interviews, research on language interaction and case studies of e-learning language platforms within the area of teaching Danish as a second language for adult foreigners. The concepts of communities of practice are also discussed and developed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2nd International Conference on e-learning : Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA28-29 June 2007.
EditorsDan Remenyi
Number of pages5
PublisherAcademig Conferences Limited
Publication year2007
ISBN (print)978-1-905305-6
Publication statusPublished - 2007
EventThe 2nd International Conference on e-learning. - New York, United States
Duration: 28 Jun 200729 Jun 2007
Conference number: 2


ConferenceThe 2nd International Conference on e-learning.
LandUnited States
ByNew York

    Research areas

  • Virtual communities of practice

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