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Informal learning by non-posters in virtual communities. Preliminary theoretical considerations and explorative case studies.
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, Technical University Dresden, Germany

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Quebec City, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-63-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA

Abstract

Informal learning in virtual communities is usually modeled according to Wengers concept of "Communities of Practice". In this perspective, learning processes are closely related to active participation. Thus, community-members who do not, or hardly ever participate actively, so-called non-posters or lurkers, are generally ignored by educational research, although they constitute the majority of users in mailing lists and message boards. In this paper first results of an explorative study on individual lurking strategies are presented and it is discussed to what degree the behaviour of lurkers can be seen as having an impact on individual learning strategies, integrating new concepts of networked learning.

Citation

Kahnwald, N. (2007). Informal learning by non-posters in virtual communities. Preliminary theoretical considerations and explorative case studies. In T. Bastiaens & S. Carliner (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2007--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 6829-6834). Quebec City, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved August 4, 2020 from .