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TitleE-moderation in a thematic sample of orkut virtual communities: challenges and opportunities
Author(s)Lisbôa, Eliana Santana
Coutinho, Clara Pereira
Social network
Issue date2011
JournalEdulearn Proceedings
Abstract(s)In today's society, the technologies have a role of prominence in all social segments, allowing the understanding of the new social structure - the network society - and thus a new economy in which information technology and communication tools are considered indispensable in handling the information and construction of knowledge by individuals. Therefore, this communication begins introducing the concept of social network as a virtual space where information can be shared in a democratic and egalitarian, focusing our attention on Orkut. Then, we discuss the concept of virtual communities and finally, present an analytical study on the role of e-moderator in virtual communities of Orkut that focused on themes: "Web 2.0", "Teacher education" and "ICT". The objective of the study was to find out the e-moderators opinions and perceptions about their role in the community since the literature identifies him as the subject that streamlines and motivates the group, contributing to the integration and socialization of the members as well as to the construction of knowledge in the community. Results show that the e-moderator is the main actor responsible for the mediation of the process of interaction and knowledge sharing inside the community. We also verified that the quality of the topics discussed assumes a very important nature that influences and determines the participation and retention of members in a community. The e-moderator emerges as the key element in fostering virtual communities, yet it was perceived that e-moderators may not have a full awareness of the importance of his/her role, often assuming a more administrative than pedagogical function.
TypeConference paper
AccessOpen access
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