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Time to learn? E-learners' experiences of time in virtual learning communities

Allan, Barbara (2007) Time to learn? E-learners' experiences of time in virtual learning communities. Management Learning, 38 (5). pp. 557-572. ISSN 1350-5076

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1350507607083207


This article argues that professional development mediated by a virtual learning community produces new temporal challenges for learners. The study explores the experiences of e-learners using a multi-method approach that includes time vision and metaphor analysis. The results suggest that e-learners develop and use different approaches to time, and this is linked to aspects of different time visions. Further, some e-learners reconstruct their approaches to time management at an early stage in their virtual experiences. They engage in reflective commentaries in their virtual learning communities and this helps them to adjust to the time demands of e-learning. This process of adaptation and change is reflected in the metaphors used by e-learners. It is proposed that if the issues of time are explored with newcomers to e-learning, as part of the explicit curriculum, then this will help e-learners benefit from the flexibility inherent in virtual learning communities.

Item Type:Article
Research Community:University of Westminster > Westminster Business School
ID Code:10760
Deposited On:17 Jul 2012 09:35
Last Modified:17 Jul 2012 09:35

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