Caroline A Haythornthwaite: 0000-0002-7311-3140
Priya Kumar: 0000-0001-6732-7145
Anatoliy Gruzd: 0000-0003-2366-5163
informal learning, social media, coding, content analysis, Reddit
Social Science and Humanities Research Council
Learning Analytics for the Social Media Age
This work was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada(SSHRC) under Insight Grant scheme.
Communication | Communication Technology and New Media | Library and Information Science | Online and Distance Education | Social Media
Learning on and through social media is becoming a cornerstone of lifelong learning, creating places not only for accessing information, but also for finding other self-motivated learners. Such is the case for Reddit, the online news sharing site that is also a forum for asking and answering questions. We studied learning practices found in ‘Ask’ subreddits AskScience, Ask_Politics, AskAcademia, and AskHistorians to develop a coding schema for informal learning. This paper describes the process of evaluating and defining a workable coding schema, one that started with attention to learning processes associated with discourse, exploratory talk, and conversational dialogue, and ended with including norms and practices on Reddit and the support of communities of inquiry. Our ‘learning in the wild’ coding schema contributes a content analysis schema for learning through social media, and an understanding of how knowledge, ideas, and resources are shared in open, online learning forums.
Haythornthwaite, C., Kumar, P., Gruzd, A., Gilbert, S., Esteve del Valle, M., & Paulin, D. (2018). Learning in the wild: Coding for learning and practice on Reddit. Authors original manuscript for paper published in Learning, Media and Technology, 43(3), 219–235. DOI: doi.org/10.1080/17439884.2018.1498356.
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