A Constructivist View of Knowledge Management in Open Source Virtual Communities
Sulayman K. Sowe (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece), Athanasis Karoulis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece) and Ioannis Stamelos (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)
Copyright: © 2006
This chapter addresses a learning environment that is manifested in the domain offree/open source software development. It provides the base for the emergence,development, interactions, and management of a novel learning environment bytaking a constructivist view of knowledge management. The learning activities ofan online collaborative effort of a loosely and geographically disperse communityof individuals is explored by looking at the interactions between members of thecommunity, the tools used to communicate, and the interactions between the mem-bers of the community and the virtual learning context. The learning context asenvisaged here refers to the free/open source software development environment inwhich learning actually takes place. The main focus is on the resources and pur-poseful activities that promote collaborative learning in this context, as well as thetransfer of learning from the virtual setting to the real-life situation by involving ina collaborative activity.