Cultivating a community of learners in a distance learning postgraduate course for language professionals

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© 2016 Angelos Konstantinidis, Cecilia Goria.


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Abstract

The purpose of this contribution is to share reflections and practices in cultivating a community of learners in the context of a professional development programme at Master's level for language teachers. The programme implements a highly participatory pedagogical model of online learning which combines the Community of Inquiry (CoI) model (Garrison, Anderson, & Archer, 1999) with the Community Indicator Framework (CIF) (Galley, Conole, & Alevizou, 2012). The tangible outcome of our revised interpretation of the two models is a cohesive community characterised by a strong sense of commitment towards the learning of the individuals as well as that of the group. This affects the quality of the learning experience, enhances academic achievements, and increases student retention.

Keywords: online community, language teachers, distance learning.

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Konstantinidis, Angelos; Goria, Cecilia. (2016). Cultivating a community of learners in a distance learning postgraduate course for language professionals. In Salomi Papadima-Sophocleous, Linda Bradley, Sylvie Thouësny (Eds), CALL communities and culture – short papers from EUROCALL 2016 (pp. 230-236). Research-publishing.net. https://doi.org/10.14705/rpnet.2016.eurocall2016.567

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