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dc.contributor.authorFetter, Sibren-
dc.contributor.authorBerlanga, Adriana-
dc.contributor.authorSloep, Peter-
dc.contributor.authorVan der Vegt, Wim-
dc.contributor.authorRajagopal, Kamakshi-
dc.contributor.authorBrouns, Francis-
dc.descriptionFetter, S., Berlanga, A. J., Sloep, P. B., Van der Vegt, W., Rajagopal, K., & Brouns, F. (2012). Using Peer-Support to Connect Learning Network Participants to Each Other: An Interdisciplinary Approach. International Journal of Learning Technology, 7(4), 378-399.en_US
dc.description.abstractA large-scale experiment is presented which examines the feasibility of using a new method of peer-support called Ad Hoc Transient Groups (AHTGs) to foster Social Capital of Learning Network participants. In AHTGs participants that have a request are helped by other participants in a dedicated private space (‘ad-hoc’) which exists for a limited amount of time only (‘transience’). To test the hypotheses that AHTGs foster Social Capital, AHTGs were introduced to a subset of the eTwinning Learning Network (+130.000 teachers). To validate the results, a No-Intervention group and a comparison group that used a Forum to ask questions instead of AHTGs were also examined. Results show that AHTGs seem to foster Social Capital on the level of Relationship Characteristics and Mutual Support. Results on Sense of Connectedness were inconclusive. It is concluded that AHTGs have a decentralizing effect, making the network less dependent on a few key participants. Furthermore, AHTGs have clearly been shown to have a low threshold to ask a question. Within the Forum group only a few core participants asked questions, yet many participants replied. It is concluded that AHTGs foster Social Capital in a different way when compared to a forum.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThe TellNet project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.en_US
dc.subjectLearning Networksen_US
dc.subjectAd Hoc Transient Groupsen_US
dc.subjectSocial network analysesen_US
dc.subjectSocial Capitalen_US
dc.subjectMutual Supporten_US
dc.subjectSense of Connectednessen_US
dc.titleUsing Peer-Support to Connect Learning Network Participants to Each Other: An Interdisciplinary Approachen_US
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