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Title: Newcomer Integration in Online Knowledge Communities: Exploring the Role of Dialogic Textual Complexity
Authors: Nistor, Nicolae
Dascălu, Mihai
Trăușan-Matu, Ștefan
Issue Date: Jul-2016
Publisher: Singapore: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Nistor, N., Dascălu, M., & Trăușan-Matu, Ș. (2016). Newcomer Integration in Online Knowledge Communities: Exploring the Role of Dialogic Textual Complexity In Looi, C. K., Polman, J. L., Cress, U., and Reimann, P. (Eds.). Transforming Learning, Empowering Learners: The International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2016, Volume 2. Singapore: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: Using online knowledge communities (OKCs) as informal learning environments poses the question how likely these will integrate newcomers as peripheral participants. Previous research has identified surface characteristics of the OKC dialog as integrativity predictors. Yet, little is known about the role of dialogic textual complexity. This contribution proposes a comprehensive approach based on previously validated textual complexity indexes and applies it to predict OKC integrativity. The dialog analysis of N = 14 blogger communities with a total of 1937 participants identified three main components of textual complexity: dialog participation, structure and cohesion. From these, dialog cohesion was higher in integrative OKCs, thus significantly predicting OKC integrativity. This result adds to previous OKC research by uncovering the depth of OKC discourse. For educational practice, the study suggests a way of empowering learners by automatically assessing the integrativity of OKCs in which they may attempt to participate and access community knowledge.
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