Waikato Journal of Education
Anniversary journal cover


Online teaching
online learning
learning communities
outcomes of teaching and learning
transformations of identities
New Zealand

How to Cite

Khoo, E., & Forret, M. (2015). Evaluating an online learning community: Intellectual, social and emotional development and transformations. Waikato Journal of Education, 20(3). https://doi.org/10.15663/wje.v20i3.236


Developing online learning communities is a promising pedagogical approach in online learning contexts for adult tertiary learners, but it is no easy task. Understanding how learning communities are formed and evaluating their efficacy in supporting teaching-learning involves a complex set of issues that have a bearing on the design and facilitation of successful online learning experiences. This paper presents findings of a case study of a semester-long online graduate course designed to facilitate a learning community at a New Zealand tertiary institution. It adopts a sociocultural analytical framework and argues for a multiple developmental analytical approach to evaluating learning that considers lecturer and student intellectual, social and emotional development and transformations. Implications are presented for online lecturers, course designers and institutional administrators.

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