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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
Overview Using an Ad Hoc Transient Communities Service

  • Definitions

  • Example

    • Ad Hoc Transient Communities

    • Expected effects

  • Proposed peer-support service

  • Current work

  • Future work

  • Conclusions

  • Questions


Definitions
Definitions Using an Ad Hoc Transient Communities Service

  • 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
Example – slide 1 Using an Ad Hoc Transient Communities Service

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
Example – slide 2 Using an Ad Hoc Transient Communities Service

  • 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) Using an Ad Hoc Transient Communities Service

Ad Hoc Transient Community


Expected effects
Expected effects Using an Ad Hoc Transient Communities Service

AHTC

  • Decentralized network

  • Higher sense of belonging to the community

  • Increased mutual support


Proposed peer support service
Proposed peer-support service Using an Ad Hoc Transient Communities 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
Current work Using an Ad Hoc Transient Communities Service

  • Simulations in Netlogo

  • Start by simulating previous AHTC work

  • Add our own changes


Future work
Future work Using an Ad Hoc Transient Communities Service

  • Theoretical paper has been submitted

  • Build of a prototype

  • Experiment(s) in existing Learning Network


Conclusions
Conclusions Using an Ad Hoc Transient Communities Service

  • 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
Questions Using an Ad Hoc Transient Communities Service


Contact information
Contact information Using an Ad Hoc Transient Communities Service

Sibren Fetter

E-mail: sfe@ou.nl

Open Universiteit Nederland

Valkenburgerweg 177

6401 DL Heerlen

The Netherlands

For papers:

http://dspace.ou.nl/


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