Supporting community-based learning: Case study of a geographical community organization designing its website

Umer Farooq, Craig H. Ganoe, Lu Xiao, Cecelia B. Merkel, Mary Beth Rosson, John M. Carroll

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Abstract

Community computing supports human-computer interaction among neighbours in geographical or place-based community organizations. Using a case study of such an organization, we investigate the process of designing their website. Our long-term participatory design approach, integrating developmental informal learning, allowed us to understand how this community organization adopts, evaluates, and sustains website technology. Based on our case study analysis, we present three design heuristics for developing community-based technology: align and afford new possibilities for participation, dynamically manage organizational knowledge and learning, and enhance social capital within community organizations and with the broader community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-21
Number of pages17
JournalBehaviour and Information Technology
Volume26
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Human-Computer Interaction

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