ERIC Number: EJ940004
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 61
Understanding and Supporting Online Communities of Practice: Lessons Learned from Wikipedia
Zhao, Xiaoli; Bishop, M. J.
Educational Technology Research and Development, v59 n5 p711-735 Oct 2011
In order to seek more effective ways to design and support online communities of practice, we examined how Wikipedia, a large-scale online community of practice, is developed and emerges over time. We conducted a Delphi study to explore the social, organizational, and technical factors that Wikipedia experts believe have supported the evolution of this community. Based on the findings, we present a model for thinking about online communities of practice and suggest it may serve as starting point to develop strategies of designing and supporting online communities of practice.
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Delphi Technique, Internet, Web Sites, Electronic Publishing, Computer Mediated Communication
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