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In spite of the exponential growth in the number of online education programs, there seems to be few effective theories that could offer a cogent basis to orient the practice of, or judge the quality of those products. However, the theories about the communities of practice provide an encompassing solution to the problem, because it can help us understand how individuals can achieve their optimal functioning level through guided social participation. And the FET8601 Course at the University of Southern Queensland is just the very example of online communities of practice.
Date of Conference: 27-29 June 2011