Online Communities Research

The Journal of Computer Mediated Communication have released a special issue guest edited by Jenny Preece and Diane Maloney-Krichmar on online communities. This issue consists of nine articles each considering different online communities, using various methodologies and theoretical viewpoints.

Online community researchers come from a wide reange of disciplines, and each bring new ideaas, theories and methods to the field, making it an interesting and vibrant research area. At the Networked Learning conference 2004 we presented a conference paper entitled "Online Learning Community Research - Some Influences of Theory on Methods" looking at this diversity in research practices. We are currently developing these ideas in a book chapter for "User-centred Design of Online Learning Communities", an Idea group publication due in 2006.

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