Engagement and knowledge sharing in a virtual learning community
Ben Daniel, Richard Schwier, Virtual Learning Community Research Group, Canada
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Vancouver, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-62-4 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
The notion of knowledge sharing in virtual learning communities is critical but hardly researched. This paper identifies the process involved in sharing knowledge and the types of knowledge sharing objects that are exchanged in virtual learning communities. Using social network indices, our goal is first to understand the flow of information through assessment of the extent to which learners interact with each other individually and as a community. Then we examine and categorize the content of information exchanged using content analysis techniques. A taxonomy showing the relationships between the different types of knowledge shared in the community is described. We suggest that the results of this research can enable us to think about different ways of supporting the process of knowledge sharing and discourse leading to effective learning and knowledge sharing in virtual learning communities in higher education.
Daniel, B. & Schwier, R. (2007). Engagement and knowledge sharing in a virtual learning community. In C. Montgomerie & J. Seale (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2007--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 639-646). Vancouver, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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