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  • 1.
    Carlén, Urban
    University of Gothenburg, University of Skövde.
    Letter from Urban Carlen: Online Learning Communities revisited: a critique of ‘the rationale of OLC2014In: International Journal of Web Based Communities, ISSN 1477-8394, E-ISSN 1741-8216, ISSN 1741-8216 (online), Vol. 10, no 2, p. 5p. 142-146Article in journal (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    OLC revisited: a critique of ‘the rationale of OLC’ as creating a future vision of web-based communities – looking back on the research of web-based communities (WBC), which has been published in IJWBC for a period of ten years, it provides an impressing compilation of both depth and extent of scientific knowledge, and a fascinating rapid and exceptional development of web-based tools, and not least, a deepened understanding of the increasing digital competencies among people in networked societies. In my capacity as one of many researchers who have followed the progress of the journal, I am honored to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of International Journal of Web Based Communities(IJWBC) by writing a letter to you about my vision of the future research field. My vision of WBC takes its departure in a socio-cultural perspective that deals with three intertwined areas; the research approach, the development of tools, and themes of digital competence that concern online participation. My suggestions of future research of WBC are founded within the interplay between individuals and collectives of people communicating and using various tools situated in social practices, which I consider requires further examination. But first, I would like to take the opportunity to briefly reflect upon the article ‘The rationale of online learning communities’, published in 2005, volume 1 number 3 (Carlén and Jobring, 2005). We used the term online as it offered a mix of communication forms rather than exploring web-based environments only. However, in this letter, I intend to revisit the text and give some critique that will generate ideas for the research carried out in the future.

  • 2.
    Carlén, Urban
    et al.
    University of Skövde.
    Lindström, Berner
    Göteborg University.
    Design for Co-moderation in Online Learning Communities2012In: International Journal of Web Based Communities, ISSN 1477-8394, E-ISSN 1741-8216, ISSN 1477-8394 (print), Vol. 8, no 4, p. 408-421Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this article is to generate implications for organising co-moderation within online learning communities (OLCs) in higher education. Data have been collected from a larger empirical study of a professional OLC in general medicine. By using a social perspective on learning, undertaken as a transactional approach, co-moderation can be understood in shared actions, independently of roles. Results indicate how conditions for organising co-moderation emerge as a collaborative affair, by shifting the focus away from the moderator role towards continual discussions on how to participate online. The implications guide organisers and participants of OLCs to create co-moderation that maintains engagement. As students make progress in learning and online participation, they need to continually negotiate their involvement in such a way that further realises the contract created at the beginning of the course.

  • 3.
    Nilsson, Stefan
    et al.
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Division of Media and Design.
    Svensson, Lars
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Division of Computer Science and Informatics.
    Supporting participation in online learning communities with awareness information2012In: International Journal of Web Based Communities, ISSN 1477-8394, E-ISSN 1741-8216, Vol. 8, no 4, p. 537-549Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article sets out to investigate the relationship between awareness information and participation in an online learning community (OLC). Inspired by the sociocultural notion of learning as social participation, this article will analyse the events that took place in an online photo gallery equipped with a system for visualising co-present users. The article discusses the importance of why social systems should support the creation, recreation and reinforcement of social norms to better facilitate participation. The article concludes by presenting four design implications of educational technologies supporting participation as well as a section referencing the importance of a transactional perspective in order to understand the effects of awareness information.                                                     

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