Document Type

Conference Proceeding


Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education


Faculty of Community Services, Education and Social Sciences


School of Communications and Multimedia




This article was originally published as: Oliver, R. & Brook, C. (2002). Exploring the development of learning communities in online settings. In P. Barker & S. Rebelsky (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2002 (pp. 192-197). Chesapeake, VA: AACE. Original article available here


This paper discusses the notion of community as an outcome of working within an online environment. In particular, the paper explores the concept of users' development of a sense of community as an outcome of working within an online environment designed to support the professional and personal development of its users. The paper discusses previous research, which has explored the development of a sense of community and reports a study that investigates the development of a sense of community among users of a community-oriented site supporting teachers' professional development. The data gathered in this inquiry provided evidence that the users of the site established senses of community of varying degrees, and suggest the need for more work to more fully investigate what sorts of online activities hold the best prospects for community development.

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