Online communities

Online communities of students have been a central part of TALL’s vision of successful online learning for many years, and the rich interaction between tutors and adult learners is part of what makes our online courses a fulfilling and enjoyable experience.

Successful online communities leverage the power of the Internet to connect people with similar interests no matter where they are located. There are many tools that can be used to support these connections, including: asynchronous discussion forums; synchronous collaboration tools such as Adobe Connect Professional, instant messaging and Voice over IP; as well as wikis, blogs, RSS feeds and other ‘Web 2.0’ technologies.

TALL use all of these tools in our work, and offer expertise both in choosing the best tools for the aims of a community and designing an environment or set of activities that encourage a community to develop. TALL can also host community solutions that offer a wide range of appropriate tools in a seamless environment.

Examples

Forum Oxford: The University of Oxford's new Next Generation Mobile Applications Panel
The University of Oxford's Next Generation Mobile Applications Panel is a joint initiative between industry and the University of Oxford’s Department for Continuing Education. The Next Generation Mobile Applications Panel brings together the best thinkers in the telecoms industry and enables the discussion of thoughts and ideas on all aspects of mobile applications with other like-minded members of the community.
Example debates from TALL courses
You can see examples of the sorts of debates in which students on our courses participate in the Online short course demonstration. This area contains extracts of debates from the “Exploring Roman Britain”, “Islamic Art and Architecture”, “Modern Irish Literature: An Introduction” and “Political Philosophy” online courses.