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Community indicators: a framework for observing and supporting community activity on Cloudworks

Galley, Rebecca; Conole, Grainne and Alevizou, Panagiota (2012). Community indicators: a framework for observing and supporting community activity on Cloudworks. Interactive Learning Environments (in press).

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DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10494820.2012.680965
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Abstract

Cloudworks (Cloudworks.ac.uk) is a social networking site designed for sharing, finding and discussing learning and teaching ideas and experiences. Design and development of the site has been based on an iterative analysis, development and implementation approach, underpinned by ongoing research and evaluation. To this end, we have been seeking to establish strategies to enable us to systematically position transactions and emerging patterns of activity on the site so that we can more reliably use the empirical evidence we have gathered (Galley, 2009a, Galley 2009b, Alevizou et al., 2010a, Conole et al, 2010). In this paper we will introduce a framework we have developed for observing and supporting community development on the site. In building our framework we have used empirical evidence gathered from the site, then related it to the literature from a range of disciplines concerned with professional and learning communities. We link research relating to distance learning communities with studies into Computer Mediated Communication (CMC), self-organising communities on the web, and wider research about the nature of learning organisations and continuous professional development. We argue that this framework can be used to capture the development of productive communities in the space (i.e. how far cohesive, productive groups can be said to be emerging or not) and also help focus future

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2012 Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1744-5191
Extra Information: This is an electronic version of an article published in Interactive Learning Environments It is available online at: www.tandfonline.com with the open URL of your article
Keywords: Cloudworks; social networking; Web 2.0; social and participatory web practices; frameworks; Communities of Practice; Communities of Inquiry; Community Indicators
Academic Unit/Department: Institute of Educational Technology
Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Engineering & Innovation
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
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Item ID: 32966
Depositing User: Panagiota Alevizou
Date Deposited: 29 Feb 2012 11:27
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2014 01:06
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/32966
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