Fostering participation in learning networks by using reward systems and face-to-face meetings

Hans Hummel, Colin Tattersall, Francis Brouns, Rob Koper, D. Burgos Solans

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    Abstract

    This paper investigates conditions for increasing participation in learning networks. ‘Lessons learned’ over a period of almost five years are phrased as recommendations for future learning network implementations. We describe three generations of facilities designed to promote learning of educational modelling languages, from a conventional website through a community site offering facilities for collaboration towards a learning network for the effective exchange of information. The paper focuses on the influence of incentive mechanisms and face-to-face meetings on participation in the LN4LD (Learning Network for Learning Design). These interventions are explained from Self-Organization and Social Exchange Theory. Repeated measurements show that the levels of both passive (accessing and reading information) and active participation (posting, replying and rating) are indeed significantly increased as a result of both interventions. Both the use of reward systems and face-to-face meetings can therefore be considered as valuable ‘add-ons’.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication The 6th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies
    EditorsRob Koper, Piet Kommers, Paul Kirschner, Demetrios G . Sampson, Wim Didderen, Kinshuk
    Place of PublicationLos Alamitos
    PublisherIEEE Computer Society
    Pages534-536
    ISBN (Print)0-7695-2632-2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 24 Jul 2006
    EventIEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies - Kerkrade, Netherlands
    Duration: 5 Jul 20067 Jul 2006
    Conference number: 6

    Conference

    ConferenceIEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies
    Abbreviated titleICALT'06
    Country/TerritoryNetherlands
    CityKerkrade
    Period5/07/067/07/06

    Keywords

    • active participation
    • incentive mechanisms
    • face-to-face meetings
    • learning design

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