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How to Build and Lead Successful Online Communities: How Is A Community Different From A Network? (Part 2)

By Nic Laycock

In my first article in this series I talked about the fundamental need that all humans have to communicate and to socialize with others. It is through interaction that we learn, whether formally taught or, more normally, simply through the experience of talking to and watching those around us. It is in association that we find emotional safety and security. Our skills of questioning, explaining, postulating, and reflecting upon evidence are the stuff that our learning is made of.

If the concept of community is fundamental to our lives, what characteristics must it show to be successful and of value to the individual? What makes it gel, so that its value is greater than the sum of its individual contributions?

Continued at: http://elearnmag.acm.org/archive.cfm?aid=2147782

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