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A group of individuals who share a common interest via e-mail, blogs, instant messages, chat rooms or newsgroups. Members of a virtual community are self-subscribing. Contrast with virtual workgroup. See social networking site.
Computer-mediated communities enable students to be actively engaged in knowledge construction in ways that are not possible with traditional didactic methods, and have long been advocated in science education (Bruner 1960).