Building online learning communities within a China-UK partnership programme

Burch, S. ORCID: 0000-0001-8293-1850 and Bunnag, S., 2023. Building online learning communities within a China-UK partnership programme. Journal of Academic Language and Learning, 17 (1), pp. 1-18. ISSN 1835-5196

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This paper outlines the strategies used within an online study skills course designed to build learning communities across borders in a UK-China Trans-national Education (TNE) programme. It presents the fundamental aspects of "community" which include bonding, inclusion, validation, student-centred learning, engagement and a sense of belonging. These are demonstrated through a case study of an ongoing partnership between Nottingham Trent University and the Communication University of China. This collaboration has embedded "community" principles in three key areas: dynamic use of social media, specifically WeChat; an active social programme; and online community building through classwork activities. These are explained and evaluated using feedback from a group student interview together with survey responses. The transferrable findings help identify the core principles needed to build successful learning communities, as well as opportunities for future development .

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Academic Language and Learning
Creators: Burch, S. and Bunnag, S.
Publisher: Association for Academic Language Learning
Date: 25 March 2023
Volume: 17
Number: 1
ISSN: 1835-5196
Rights: The copyright for articles in this journal is retained by the author(s), with first publication rights granted to the journal. By virtue of their appearance in this open access journal, articles are free to use with proper attribution in educational and other non-commercial settings.
Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 19 Apr 2023 08:08
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2023 08:08

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