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What’s in it for me? The stick and the carrot as tools for developing academic communities

Woodthorpe, John; Shaw, Jill; Hauck, Mirjam and Beaven, Tita (2009). What’s in it for me? The stick and the carrot as tools for developing academic communities. In: 7th International Conference on Education and Information Systems, Technologies and Applications: EISTA 2009, 10-13 July 2009, Orlando, Florida, USA.

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Motivating students to contribute to learning communities is not a new problem, nor is it restricted to online learning. However it becomes especially obvious in large online courses where student collaboration is one of the intended learning outcomes.

This paper describes two models for driving student engagement in producing user-generated and user-reviewed content. It discusses the motivation for participation and gives results from two subject areas. The behaviour of students of second and third level language courses is compared to that of first level technology students when their participation is simply encouraged and when it is required for assessment.

A model for driving user-engagement is proposed and related to previous experience in online learning.

Item Type: Conference Item
Copyright Holders: International Institute of Informatics and Systemics
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Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetCentre for Open Learning of Mathematics, Science, Computing and Technology (COLMSCT), The Open University
Keywords: Pedagogy; Online learning; User-generated content; Student learning communities; web-based resources;
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Computing & Communications
Mathematics, Computing and Technology
Education and Language Studies > Languages
Education and Language Studies
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Language & Literacies
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Item ID: 17843
Depositing User: John Woodthorpe
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2009 11:20
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2016 21:50
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