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Title: Strengthening the Community in Order to Enhance Learning
Authors: Fetter, Sibren
Berlanga, Adriana
Sloep, Peter
Keywords: Communities
social networks
network centralization
Ad Hoc Transient Communities
Issue Date: 18-Mar-2008
Abstract: Many online communities have the problem that they are highly dependent on a small core group of users, as well as are highly inefficient in handling requests for collaboration, resulting in a lower willingness to help and less activity. Both problems have far reaching consequences in the case of learning networks (LN) for online learners. A LN cannot exist without a strong community at its heart. Therefore we propose to introduce short goal-specific communities called Ad Hoc Transient Communities (AHTC) in order to restructure the community in such a way that there will be more ties between learners, less dependence on a core group, and more effective handling of requests through the use of matching. This will result in a decentralized community structure with higher activity, which makes the community stronger.
Description: Fetter, S., Berlanga, A. J., & Sloep, P. B. (2008). Strengthening the Community in Order to Enhance Learning. In P. Kommers (Ed.), Proceedings of Doctoral Consortium at the IADIS International Conference on Web Based Communities (WEBC 2008) (pp. 285-289). July, 24-26, 2008, Amsterdam, The Netherlands: IADIS Press.
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