Collective Brokering Practices in a Virtual Learning Community


The purpose of this paper is to illustrate the concept of the boundary object, based upon experiences in a six-week scientific virtual summer camp. Log data as well as interview protocols reveal the dynamics that existed among 384 participants in 56 within-group forums (WGF) and one cross-group forum (CGF). By re-conceptualizing the boundary object as a space or an area, we shed a new light on the notion of brokers. We also propose a new construct -“collective brokering practice” -to show brokering practices in a virtual social world.

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@inproceedings{Wang2008CollectiveBP, title={Collective Brokering Practices in a Virtual Learning Community}, author={Thomas N. C. Wang and Fei-Ching Chen and Hsiu-Mei Chang}, year={2008} }