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Title: Anonymity, motivations and participation in virtual learning communities: A case study in the Integrated Virtual Learning Environments (IVLE)
Authors: SHEN CUIHUA
Keywords: anonymity, computer-mediated communication, motivation, virtual learning communities, case study
Issue Date: 28-Sep-2005
Source: SHEN CUIHUA (2005-09-28). Anonymity, motivations and participation in virtual learning communities: A case study in the Integrated Virtual Learning Environments (IVLE). ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Community-based learning generally requires membersa?? voluntary contributions of knowledge and information goods for the benefits of a collective. From different perspectives, people are motivated to participate in virtual learning communities because of extrinsic rewards like bonus marks, intrinsic rewards like the sense of self-importance, and community interest. Anonymity, as studied in computer mediated communication, affects peoplea??s communication behavior and group decision-making. However, so far little quantitative studies have focused on how anonymity and motivations could affect studentsa?? participation in virtual learning communities. This case study aims to fill the gap by exploring the relationship between anonymity, motivations and participation through a 14 week field quasi-experiment of an online learning community in the Integrated Virtual Learning Environment (IVLE) at the National University of Singapore. Motivations of participants, moderated by anonymity, are found to influence participation. Implication for theory and practice are also discussed in the thesis.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/14956
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