Dissemination Matters: Influences of Dissemination Activities on User Types in an Online Educational Community

TitleDissemination Matters: Influences of Dissemination Activities on User Types in an Online Educational Community
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsYuan, M., and M. Recker
JournalInternational Journal of Interactive Multimedia and Artificial Intelligence
ISSN1989-1660
IssueSpecial Issue on Multisensor User Tracking and Analytics to Improve Education and other Application Fields
Volume2
Number7
Date Published09/2014
Pagination22-29
Abstract

Emerging online educational communities provide spaces for teachers to find resources, create instructional activities, and share these activities with others. Within these online communities, individual users’ activities may vary widely, and thus different user types can be identified. In addition, users’ patterns of activities in online communities are dynamic, and further can be affected by dissemination activities. Through analyzing usage analytics in an online teacher community called the Instructional Architect, this study explores the influences of dissemination activities on the usage patterns of different user types. Results show that dissemination activities can play an important role in encouraging users’ active participation, while the absence of dissemination activities can further increase participation inequality.

Keywordse-learning, Education, Learning Management Systems, Online Communities, Patterns Mining
DOI10.9781/ijimai.2014.273
URLhttp://www.ijimai.org/JOURNAL/sites/default/files/files/2014/09/ijimai20142_7_3_pdf_32458.pdf
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