Enhancing the Social Capital of Learning Communities by Using an Ad Hoc Transient Communities Service

  • Sibren Fetter (Speaker)
  • Adriana Berlanga Flores (Speaker)
  • Peter Sloep (Speaker)

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentationAcademic

    Description

    In online learning, communities can help to enhance learning. However, because of the dynamic nature of communities, attaining and sustaining these communities can be difficult. One aspect that has an influence on, and is influenced by these dynamics is the social capital of a community. Features of social capital are the social network structure, the sense of belonging and, the support received and provided. It is hypothesized that these features can be improved by using Ad Hoc Transient Communities (AHTCs). Through an AHTC learners are brought together for a specific, learning-related goal (‘ad hoc’) and for only a limited amount of time (‘transience’). To test whether the use of AHTCs has a positive influence on the social capital, a learner support service which enables the use of AHTCs is proposed. Furthermore, requirements, pre-requisites, and future research are discussed.
    DS_Description: Fetter, S. (2009). Enhancing the Social Capital of Learning Communities by Using an Ad Hoc Transient Communities Service. Presentation at the 8th International Conference Advances in Web based Learning - ICWL 2009. August, 19-21, 2009, Aachen, Germany: RWTH Aachen University.
    DS_Sponsorship:The work on this publication has been sponsored by the TENCompetence Integrated Project that is funded by the European Commission's 6th Framework Programme, priority IST/Technology Enhanced Learning. Contract 027087 [http://www.tencompetence.org]
    Period19 Aug 2009
    Event title8th International Conference on Web-based Learning
    Event typeConference
    Conference number8
    LocationAachen, Germany
    Degree of RecognitionInternational