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Chapter 1Introduction to learning communities
Chapter 2Models of learning communities
Chapter 3Virtual communication tools and meeting environments
Chapter 4 The community lifecycle: Foundation and induction phases
Chapter 5The community lifecycle: Incubation phase
Chapter 6 The community lifecycle: Improving performance, implementation, closure or change phases
Chapter 7 Community participation
Chapter 8 Social learning in virtual learning communities
Chapter 9Time and participation in virtual learning communities
Chapter 10Working in partnership
Chapter 11Evaluation References

About the Author

Dina Lewis is the Head of the Centre for Lifelong Learning at the University of Hull. Her research interest is in work-based learning, based upon her extensive experience of working with public, private, community and voluntary organisations using learning technologies to support work-based learning and improved performance at work. She has extensive experience of working with senior managers within organisations and across regions to support the strategic implementation of e-learning.

Barbara Allan is a Senior Lecturer in Student and Management Learning in the Business School and Deputy Director of the Centre for Management and Organisational Learning at the University of Hull. Her previous experience includes managing academic and workplace libraries, and working as an independent researcher, trainer and author. Her research interests include independent learning to online communities of practice.

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