Enhancing Social Interaction in Competence Development Networks: A Conceptual Framework

Albert Angehrn*, Katrina Maxwell, Bertrand Sereno

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This paper addresses the challenge of enhancing social interaction through value-added connections among online community members engaged in knowledge exchange. We report on our exploration of three types of connection dynamics: (1) features enabling network members to visualize and browse through relationship networks, (2) intelligent agents and (3) innovative game dynamics aimed at stimulating the identification and establishment of value-adding connections between users and knowledge assets, individuals, groups, and communities. We describe here how such dynamics could be embedded in lifelong competence development networks.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)424-442
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Learning Technology
Issue number4
Early online date9 Jul 2008
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • connection dynamics
  • intelligent social agents
  • connection games
  • network visualization
  • lifelong competence development
  • knowledge management
  • virtual communities


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