fOUndIt? Sharing online resources to support subject communities

Shaw, Jill and Woodthorpe, John (2009). fOUndIt? Sharing online resources to support subject communities. In: 7th International Conference on Education and Information Systems, Technologies and Applications: EISTA 2009, 10-13 Jul 2009, Orlando, Florida, USA.



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' [1] 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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