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The strength of cohesive ties:discursive construction of an online learning community

Ferguson, Rebecca and Gillen, Julia and Peachey, Anna and Twining, Peter (2013) The strength of cohesive ties:discursive construction of an online learning community. In: Understanding learning in virtual worlds. Springer, New York, pp. 83-100. ISBN 9781447153696

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Abstract

Learning takes place in a social context, shaping and shaped by discourses. In online projects such as the Schome Park Programme, these discourses are semiotic practices that make use of writing and other manifestations of digital literacies. Discourses include traceable patterns with linguistic features of distinctive forms and functions. They are also shaped by the affective concerns of those working and playing with them in context. Online, two primary types of learning context have been identified: networks and communities. While networks may offer a wealth of people and resources, communities appear to offer richer learning possi-bilities. It is therefore important to investigate how online learning communities can be formed through online networks, and how discourses as mediated actions arise from differing expectations, misunderstandings and even conflicts. The study reported here focuses on two groups of teenagers, one a formal learning community based in the USA joining a larger, online, informal learning community based in the UK. The groups were originally only weakly tied within a network, but aimed to create a single learning community through activity in an online forum, wiki and virtual world. Thematic analysis of forum posts shows the importance of cohesive ties – grammatical devices used to construct coherent narratives – to the development of key elements of community: spirit, authority, trade and art.

Item Type: Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings
Uncontrolled Keywords: virtual worlds
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language
ID Code: 54933
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 07 Jun 2012 14:37
Refereed?: No
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2013 09:50
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/54933

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