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Building Virtual Communities : Learning and Change in Cyberspace - K. Ann Renninger

Building Virtual Communities

Learning and Change in Cyberspace

By: K. Ann Renninger (Editor), Wesley Shumar (Editor)

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Published: 26th November 2002
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Building Virtual Communities examines how learning and cognitive change are fostered by online communities. Contributors to this volume explore this question by drawing on their different theoretical backgrounds, methodologies, and personal experience with virtual communities. Each chapter discusses the different meanings of the terms community, learning, and change. Case studies are included for further clarification. Together, these chapters describe the building out of virtual communities in terms that are relevant to theorists, researchers, and practitioners. The chapters provide a basis for thinking about the dynamics of Internet community building. This includes consideration of the role of the self or individual as a participant in virtual community, and the design and refinement of technology as the conduit for extending and enhancing the possibilities of community building in cyberspace. Building Virtual Communities will interest educators, psychologists, sociologists, and researchers in human-computer interaction.

'... this volume provides an important initial grounding to a topic of much interest to educators, designers, sociologists, anthropologists, and even past, present, and future community members.' Convergence 2003

Preface
Foreword: virtual communities for learning and development: a look to the past and some glimpses into the future
Introduction: on conceptualizing community
Types of Community
The mystery of the death of Mediamoo: seven years of evolution of an online community
Female voices in virtual reality: drawing young girls into an on-line world
Community building with and for teachers at the math forum
Learning in the virtual community depends upon changes in local communities
Structure and Community
Evolution of an on-line education community of practice
Building social networks via computer networks: creating and sustaining distributed learning communities
Mask and identity: the hermeneutics of self construction in the information age
WISE learning communities: design considerations
Possibilities for Community
Reflexive modernization and the emergence of wired self-help
Understanding the lifecycles of network-based learning communities
Learning in cyberspace: an educational view of virtual community
Finding the ties that bind: tools in support of a knowledge-building community
Afterword: building our knowledge of virtual community: some responses
Afterword: building, buying, or being there: imagining online community
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ISBN: 9780521785587
ISBN-10: 0521785588
Series: Learning in Doing: Social, Cognitive and Computational Perspectives
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 26th November 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.61