05/25/2013 11:10

Dynamics of social role-structures in universities in the era of Web 2.0 - the forgotten theory of roles

Do new interactive technologies such as online forums, Web 2.0 and Social Media change the structures within higher education institutions and change their boundaries? Yes, since in a SocialMedia-World knowledge sharing and learning takes place in many places and is no longer just focused on the university as institution.
At the example of the organization of study programmes at an European university, which has been enriched through online communities, Isa Jahnke explains the dynamics of the underlying hidden role structures of the actors, makes the role-structures  and role-mechanisms ​​visible, and provides a socio-technical sociological approach that explains the changes in knowledge sharing and learning processes at the university in the age of Web 2.0 & co.

The article is available in the journal of Computers in Human Behavior.

  • Jahnke, I, (2010):
    Dynamics of social roles in a knowledge management community. In: Computers in Human Behavior, 26 (2010), pp. 533-546.
    DOI 10.1016/j.chb.2009.08.010

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Dr. Isa Jahnke

University of Missouri
School of Information Science and Learning Technologies (SISLT, iSchool)
Associate Professor
Director of Research for the IELab