Community-based learning: Design patterns and frameworks

John M. Carroll, Umer Farooq

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10 Scopus citations

Abstract

Information technology adoption and literacy are typically not first-order goals for community-based volunteer organizations. Nonetheless, information technology is vital to such groups for member recruiting and management, communication and visibility to the community, as well as primary group activities. However, volunteer organizations are often not able to make effective use of Internet-based technologies and content. They lack resources of all sorts (money, skills, telecommunications infrastructure) as well as organizational structures, protocols, and continuity to effectively cope with the rate of change in Internet technology. We describe a design pattern, a standard solution schema for a recurring problem, that proposes a self-sustained process in which volunteer organizations identify and analyze their technology needs, and then learn about information technology through active engagement in solving their own problems. The pattern, called Community-based Learning, is grounded in our fieldwork experience in several community computing projects. We discuss patterns and pattern frameworks as a research approach to community computing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationECSCW 2005 - Proceedings of the 9th European Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work
Pages307-324
Number of pages18
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005
Event9th European Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work, ECSCW 2005 - Paris, France
Duration: Sep 18 2005Sep 22 2005

Publication series

NameECSCW 2005 - Proceedings of the 9th European Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work

Other

Other9th European Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work, ECSCW 2005
CountryFrance
CityParis
Period9/18/059/22/05

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications

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