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Recommended Citation: Zhu, J.  Business Students' Learning with Online Discussion Forums: The Case of a Virtual Classroom Community.  In The Proceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference 2008, v 25 (Phoenix): §3323. ISSN: 1542-7382. (A later version appears in Information Systems Education Journal 8(22). ISSN: 1545-679X.)
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Business Students' Learning with Online Discussion Forums: The Case of a Virtual Classroom Community

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Refereed11 pages
Jake Zhu    [a1] [a2]
Department of Information and Decision Sciences
California State University San Bernardino    [u1] [u2]
San Bernardino, California, USA    [c1] [c2]

This study examined what learning is and how learning was facilitated in a virtual classroom community using online discussion forums. Results demonstrated that learning in such a community was the active participation by the members of the community in the process of meaning construction. The construction of meaning in such a community was supported and sustained through membersí experience-sharing, peer-mediation and information-seeking. Knowledge was made available by members, who linked the community learning with their social surroundings, such as work places, families and the society. Thus learning in a virtual classroom community facilitates an environment in which learners could not only learn, but also learn to learn.

Keywords: virtual classroom community, learning technology, online discussion, learning

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