California State University, Fresno
This paper presents a promising and powerful approach used to cultivate a doctoral community of inquiry and practice and harness the intelligence, commitment, and energy of all of its members in a blended learning environment. The discussion board online learning community approach was developed to transform a traditional face-to-face doctoral course into a blended learning environment centered in dialogue, inquiry, critical thinking, valuing diversity, collaboration, reflection, and deep and life-long learning. This work benefits instructors and education practitioners who are looking for an effective approach that produces deep learning and develops individual and collective student efficacy and capacity (content, process, and leadership) by creating powerful virtual networks that shift facilitation of discourse and ownership for learning from the instructor to students.
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