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Enhancing the Social Capital of Learning Communities by Using an Ad Hoc Transient Communities Service Sibren Fetter, Adriana Berlanga & Peter Sloep CELSTEC, Open University of the Netherlands. 19 th of August, 2009 International Conference on Web-based Learning 2009. Overview. Definitions

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Enhancing the Social Capital of Learning Communities by Using an Ad Hoc Transient Communities ServiceSibren Fetter, Adriana Berlanga & Peter SloepCELSTEC, Open University of the Netherlands

19th of August, 2009

International Conference on Web-based Learning 2009


Overview

  • Definitions

  • Example

    • Ad Hoc Transient Communities

    • Expected effects

  • Proposed peer-support service

  • Current work

  • Future work

  • Conclusions

  • Questions


Definitions

  • Learning Network

    • Online social network

    • Consists of multiple communities

    • Participants are people, organizations, schools, etc.

  • Social Capital

    • Representation of the relationships between participants in a social network


Example – slide 1

Online learning network about building

Has many participants (100+)

The network has a forum as main communication method

Participants’ knowledge / experiences range from:


Example – slide 2

  • Problems:

  • The network structure is highly dependant on central participants

  • Many participants will have a low sense of belonging to the community

  • Each request is accessible to every participant

    • Not very efficient

    • Barrier for newcomers


Ad Hoc Transient Communities (AHTCs)

Ad Hoc Transient Community


Expected effects

AHTC

  • Decentralized network

  • Higher sense of belonging to the community

  • Increased mutual support


Proposed peer-support service

  • AHTCs meant as an addition to existing communication methods

  • The service should...

    • Have a matching mechanism

    • Be able to create private communication areas

    • Be embedded in the larger online learning network

      • Access to the forum

      • Usage of profiles

      • History of fulfilled requests


Current work

  • Simulations in Netlogo

  • Start by simulating previous AHTC work

  • Add our own changes


Future work

  • Theoretical paper has been submitted

  • Build of a prototype

  • Experiment(s) in existing Learning Network


Conclusions

  • Learning network problems

    • High dependancy on central participants

    • Low sense of belonging to the community

    • Boundaries for asking for support, especially as a newcomer

  • AHTCs solution:

    • Participants are brought together for a specific request (Ad Hoc)

    • Once a request is fulfilled the AHTC disappears (Transience)

    • Relationships stay

  • Because:

    • + Spread out & number of relationships

    • + Sense of belonging to the community

    • + Mutual support


Questions


Contact information

Sibren Fetter

E-mail: [email protected]

Open Universiteit Nederland

Valkenburgerweg 177

6401 DL Heerlen

The Netherlands

For papers:

http://dspace.ou.nl/


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