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Understanding on-line community: the affordances of virtual space

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Author(s): Karen Ruhleder

Journal: Information Research: an international electronic journal
ISSN 1368-1613

Volume: 7;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 132;
Date: 2002;
Original page

Keywords: on-line learning | virtual communities | degree programme | program | University of Illinois | LEEP | on-line communities | community | affordances | interactions | artefacts

ABSTRACT
Increasing numbers of on-line venues for learning are emerging as virtual communities become more accessible and commonplace. This paper looks at one particular virtual community, an on-line degree programme at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, which offers an M.S. in Library and Information Science (called LEEP). It draws on a framework presented by Mynatt, et al. (1998), which provides a lens for talking about on-line community as a set of affordances. This framework is applied to illustrate the interactions, artefacts, and expectations that shape this community.
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