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Leadership of shared spaces in online learning communities

Leadership of shared spaces in online learning communities

Jameson, Jill ORCID: 0000-0002-9545-8078 (2011) Leadership of shared spaces in online learning communities. International Journal of Web Based Communities (IJWBC), 7 (4). pp. 463-477. ISSN 1477-8394 (doi:

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Good leadership is important for the creation of effective online communities that foster trust and a positive collaborative ethos in the shared spaces of online learning communities. Leadership is amongst the most 'researched' of social sciences subjects: thousands of leadership models, theories and practices exist, but there is a significant lack of literature, theory and empirical evidence on leadership in online environments. Despite the rapid expansion of global social networking and online learning, involving millions of daily interactions, little research exists on leadership of online learning communities as a variant of virtual environments. This article considers the existing literature on leadership of online learning communities and, in critically analysing the relative lack of research in this, proposes that collaborative leadership in both conceptual and technological systems design is appropriate to encourage creativity in the shared spaces of online learning communities, basing its theoretical reflections on several years of empirical work.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: online learning, web based communities, online communities, virtual communities, community leadership, online leadership, social networks, trust, learning environments, e-leadership, shared spaces online, distributed leadership, shared leadership, collaborative leadership
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
Faculty of Education & Health > Centre for Leadership & Enterprise
Faculty of Education & Health > Education Research Group
Faculty of Education & Health > Department of Secondary, LLTE & PE & Sport
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