Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Custom-built environments for communities of online informal learning: An exploratory study of tools, structures, and strategies
by Welch, Kim, Ed.D., Pepperdine University, 2016, 221; 10168612
Abstract (Summary)

This qualitative, exploratory study grouped together and explored custom-built environments for communities of online informal learning (COILs) with a special lens on the socio-technical relationship of platform tools, structures, and strategies that lead to social learning. The study was conducted through a three-phase process. First, a list of possible candidate sites was analyzed for appropriate fit based on the defining terms of a custom-built COIL environment. Second, an observational content analysis was implemented on 10 of the sites to aggregate a list of the tools, structures, and strategies used in the sites. Lastly, the same 10 sites and the lists of tools, structures, and strategies were researched through both pre-established codes for sociability, usability, and community-building designs and an open exploratory observation of their uses with a focus on the way these features support COILs. Social learning and informal learning were also purposefully scrutinized while themes regarding personalized learning and sustainability also emerged from the exploration. All design themes were found represented within the sites, as were social learning, informal learning, personalized learning, and efforts toward sustainability.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Sparks, Paul
Commitee: Haavind, Sarah, Hyatt, Laura
School: Pepperdine University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 78/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Technical Communication, Educational technology
Keywords: Informal learning, Self-directed learning, Social learning, Socio-technical systems
Publication Number: 10168612
ISBN: 9781369228960
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