Document Type

Conference Proceeding


Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education


Community Services, Education and Social Sciences


Communications and Multimedia, Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts,Technology, Education and Communications




This article was originally published as: Brook, C. & Oliver, R. (2003). Designing For Online Learning Communities. In D. Lassner & C. McNaught (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2003 (pp. 1494-1500). Chesapeake, VA: AACE. Original article available here


This paper investigates the development of sense of community among learners engaging in online learning where the principles of collaborative learning are considered key instructional strategies. In particular this paper explores the development of learner's sense of community as an outcome of engaging in instructor initiated activities that are intended to promote community development. The paper discusses design principles for the development of sense of community identified in contemporary literature. In addition it reports a case study that sought to identify the forms of engagement and activity that promote community development, the manner in which students responded to these and the resulting sense of community.