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Does a Formal Wiki Event contribute to the Formation of a Network of Practice? A Social Capital Perspective on the Potential for Informal Learning

Rehm, Martin; Rienties, Bart and Littlejohn, Allison (2017). Does a Formal Wiki Event contribute to the Formation of a Network of Practice? A Social Capital Perspective on the Potential for Informal Learning. Interactive Learning Environments (In Press).

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Abstract

Informal learning in blended and online settings plays an increasingly important role in the continuous professional development of individuals. Yet, how do individuals engage into these types of activities? We argue that social capital theory can provide valuable insights into how people behave and decide to take part in (in)formal learning. Using social network analysis, we provide empirical evidence on an informal learning activity, where participants collaboratively created knowledge on wiki sites on a predefined set of topics. Our results show that there are three types of active participants in these type of informal learning activities, namely leaders, collaborators and lone editors. These findings provide valuable insights for other, similar activities that aim at enhancing the professional development of individuals.

Item Type: Journal Item
ISSN: 1744-5191
Academic Unit/School: Learning Teaching and Innovation (LTI) > Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Learning Teaching and Innovation (LTI)
Item ID: 49036
Depositing User: Bart Rienties
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2017 14:03
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2017 13:02
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/49036
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