Design Guidelines for Collaboration and Participation with Examples from the LN4LD: Learning Network for Learning Design

Daniel Burgos, Hans G.K. Hummel, Colin Tattersall, Francis Brouns, Rob Koper

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    Abstract

    This chapter presents some design guidelines to foster (active) participation in learning networks. ‘Lessons learned’ over a period of about five years are phrased as recommendations for future learning network implementations. We describe three generations of facilities designed to promote learning on the topic of educational modelling languages and IMS-Learning Design, going from a conventional website through a community site offering facilities for collaboration towards a blended learning network for the effective exchange of information. Having described some more general guidelines, the chapter focuses on the positive influence of introducing incentive mechanisms and face-to-face meetings on participation in the LN4LD (Learning Network for Learning Design). These successful interventions in real world experimentation are explained from theories about self-organization, social exchange and social affordances. Repeated measurements show the levels of both passive (accessing and reading information) and active participation (posting, replying and rating) to significantly increase as a result of both interventions. Both the use of incentive mechanisms and face-to-face meetings can therefore be considered as valuable ‘add-ons’ in the learning design of learning networks (LD4LN).
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationHandbook of Research on Learning Design and Learning Objects
    Subtitle of host publicationIssues, Applications, and Technologies
    EditorsLori Lockyer, Sue Bennett, Shirley Agostinho, Barry Harper
    Place of PublicationHershey, New York
    PublisherIGI Global
    Chapter18
    Pages373-389
    Number of pages17
    Volume1
    Edition1
    ISBN (Electronic)9781599048628
    ISBN (Print)1599048612, 9781599048611
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2009

    Keywords

    • incentive mechanisms
    • self-organisation
    • active participation
    • blended learning
    • social exchange theory
    • social affordances
    • learning networks

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