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What is online participation and how may it be studied in e-learning settings?
2008 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

It is commonly argued that a key challenge for e-learning is to encourage learner participation. Even though this challenge has received increased attention by researchers, little effort has been put into developing a sound theoretical understanding of what online participation actually is and how it may be studied empirically. This paper examines the conceptions and research approaches that underlie research on online participation in e-learning settings. A classification scheme was  teratively developed and used when publications on the topic were reviewed. It was found that  esearch is dominated by low-level conceptions of online participation, which relies on frequency counts as measures of participation. However, some researchers aim to study more complex dimensions of participation, such as whether participants feel they are taking part and are engaged in dialogues, reflected by using a combination of perceived and actual measures of participation. In conclusion, a definition of online learner participation that more explicitly acknowledges its more complex dimensions, such as doing, thinking, feeling, and belonging, is proposed.

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Online learner participation, Online communities, Social networks, E-learning.
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Computer and Information Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-57918OAI: diva2:472678
the 16th European Conference on Information Systems, Galway.
QC 20120116Available from: 2012-01-04 Created: 2012-01-04 Last updated: 2012-01-16Bibliographically approved

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