PhD proposal Sibren Fetter - The Social Function of Ad Hoc Transient Communities

Sibren Fetter

    Research output: Book/ReportOther report (internal)


    The present proposal addresses research into the potential of so-called Ad Hoc Transient Communities to increase sociability in Learning Networks. Ad Hoc Transient communities are small, fleeting groupings of learners that emerge within the confines of a Learning Network and serve to solve a practical problem some learner has. As they also are a mechanism through which learners become acquainted with each other, the question arises how they may be used to reinforce the social capital of Learning Networks. To answer this question, a social network service in the form of a software artifact will be developed, evaluated by experts and tested in Learning Network-like experimental settings. In the course of the investigations, valuable insights into the dynamics of community formation in the context of a Learning Network (and similar social structures) may arise.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 30 Oct 2008


    • AHTC
    • Ad Hoc Transient Communities
    • Social network analysis
    • community
    • Social capital
    • dynamics
    • Proposal
    • Centralization
    • Sense of belonging
    • support


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