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With regard to respect: a framework for governance of educational virtual communities

Bell, F and Heinze, A 2004, 'With regard to respect: a framework for governance of educational virtual communities' , International Journal of Web Based Communities, 1 (1) , pp. 19-34.

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Abstract

We use theories of computer-mediated communication and virtual communities to explore the governance of web-based educational communities. Two parallel cycles of action research are reported to inform our discussion, one intervention driven by perceived needs within the department, and the other that occurred as an ad hoc response to a student request. Our analysis recognises that governance arrangements for web-based educational communities in general, and discussion fora one such group in particular, have to operate within a web of existing and evolving institutional policies and procedures. We propose a framework for the development of norms for educational discussion forums in an institutional setting.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: blended learning, e-learning, education, governance, virtual communities, web-based communities
Themes: Subjects / Themes > Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA075 Electronic computers. Computer science
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Business & Law > Salford Business School > Centre for Digital Business
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Web Based Communities
Publisher: Inderscience Publishers, Geneva, Switzerland
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 14778394
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 23 Dec 2008 14:07
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:50
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/849

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