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Title: Fostering participation in learning networks by using reward systems and face-to-face meetings
Authors: Hummel, Hans
Tattersall, Colin
Burgos, Daniel
Brouns, Francis
Koper, Rob
Keywords: active participation
incentive mechanisms
face-to-face meetings
learning design
Issue Date: 19-Jan-2006
Abstract: This paper investigates conditions for increasing participation in learning networks. ‘Lessons learned’ over a period of almost five years are phrased as recommendations for future learning network implementations. We describe three generations of facilities designed to promote learning of educational modelling languages, from a conventional website through a community site offering facilities for collaboration towards a learning network for the effective exchange of information. The paper focuses on the influence of incentive mechanisms and face-to-face meetings on participation in the LN4LD (Learning Network for Learning Design). These interventions are explained from Self-Organization and Social Exchange Theory. Repeated measurements show that the levels of both passive (accessing and reading information) and active participation (posting, replying and rating) are indeed significantly increased as a result of both interventions. Both the use of reward systems and face-to-face meetings can therefore be considered as valuable ‘add-ons’.
Description: Hummel, H. G. K., Tattersall, C., Burgos, D., Brouns, F. M. R., & Koper, E. J. R. (Submitted). Fostering participation in learning networks by using reward systems and face-to-face meetings. In Proceedings of ICALT 2006 Conference. July 5-7, Kerkrade, The Netherlands
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