Shaw, Jill and Woodthorpe, John
fOUndIt? Sharing online resources to support subject 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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This article reports an interview and questionnaire survey investigating students' participation in subject communities via fOUndit, a tool for sharing links to online resources. Harking back to Tim Berners-Lee's vision of the role of the Web as 'a tool for furthering serious research communications between scientific researchers'  this research investigates how students might use the Web to share online resources and support each other in an online subject community. The views of group of Level 1 Technology students were gathered on their use of fOUndit as part of integral course activities, focusing on their thoughts on whether the facility supported them as part of a community, and if they would continue using the facility. These issues regarding how students use such a facility and their views on identity and community are explored, followed by recommendations for further research.
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