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|Title:||Fostering Learning and Collaboration in a Scientific Community - Evidence from an Experiment Using RFID Devices to Measure Collaborative Processes|
|Publisher:||International Society of the Learning Sciences|
|Citation:||Eberle, J., Stegmann, K., Lund, K., Barrat, A., Sailer, M., & Fischer, F. (2013). Fostering Learning and Collaboration in a Scientific Community - Evidence from an Experiment Using RFID Devices to Measure Collaborative Processes. In Rummel, N., Kapur, M., Nathan, M., & Puntambekar, S. (Eds.), To See the World and a Grain of Sand: Learning across Levels of Space, Time, and Scale: CSCL 2013 Conference Proceedings Volume 1 — Full Papers & Symposia (pp. 169-175). Madison, WI: International Society of the Learning Sciences.|
|Abstract:||In this study, the integration of new members into a scientific community that comprised to a large extent members from the CSCL community was investigated. New members usually lack the necessary knowledge to interact successfully with more experienced members of a scientific community and to find collaboration partners. We investigated how the level of community participation and support for community knowledge were related to the building of new collaborative relationships during a scientific conference. Participants' interaction behavior was tracked using RFID devices; social network questionnaires and a bibliographic analysis provided additional data. We found that newcomers do not interact less with other participants than experienced members, but develop fewer collaborative relationships. The chances that newcomers' interactions lead to the building of new collaborative relationships were increased by access to explicit relevant community knowledge. Making such knowledge explicit seems to be a useful means for supporting newcomers in scientific communities.|
|Appears in Collections:||CSCL 2013|
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