Designing Online Learning Communities to Encourage Cooperation

Designing Online Learning Communities to Encourage Cooperation

Miranda Mowbray (HP Laboratories Bristol, UK)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 20
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-358-6.ch005
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Abstract

This chapter is concerned with how to design an online learning community in such a way as to encourage cooperation, and to discourage uncooperative or antisocial behavior. Rather than restricting design to visual and interface issues, I take a wide view, touching on aspects of the governance, social structure, moderation practices, and technical architecture of online learning communities. The first half of the chapter discusses why people behave antisocially in online learning communities, and ways to discourage this through design. The second half discusses why on the other hand people behave cooperatively in online learning communities, and ways to encourage this through user-centered design, applying some results of experiments in social psychology. The chapter is intended to be of practical use to designers of online learning communities.

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