Critical facilities for active participation in learning networks

Hans Hummel, Colin Tattersall, Daniel Burgos, Francis Brouns, Hub Kurvers, Rob Koper

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    Abstract

    This paper investigates critical conditions for active participation in on-line communities of practice. As a case study, we use three generations of platforms designed to promote learning in the area of Educational Modelling Languages. Following a description of early experience with a conventional web site and with a community site offering facilities for collaboration, we describe a pilot implementation of a Learning Network. Preliminary participation data (both passive and active) is reported, together with lessons learned while setting up the pilot. Early experiences reveal that clear policies, usability and reward systems are critical when facilitating a Learning Network. We reveal first (positive) findings with introducing such a reward mechanism in the network. Our ‘lessons learned’ are phrased in terms of recommendations which will be used to guide subsequent Learning Network implementations.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationWeb Based Communities 2005
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the IADIS International Conference Web Based Communities 2005
    EditorsP Kommers, P Isaias
    PublisherIADIS Press
    Pages199-206
    Number of pages18
    ISBN (Print)972 99353 7 8
    Publication statusPublished - 2005
    EventIADIS International Conference: Web Based Communities 2005 - Algarve, Portugal
    Duration: 23 Feb 200525 Feb 2005

    Conference

    ConferenceIADIS International Conference
    Abbreviated titleIADIS 2005
    Country/TerritoryPortugal
    CityAlgarve
    Period23/02/0525/02/05

    Keywords

    • participation
    • exchange
    • learning design
    • seeding
    • learning network

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