Emergence of informal educative space out of an anonymous online bulletin board in Korea during the global economic crisis

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This study aimed to understand how people learn and teach informally in an anonymous online bulletin board, the primary purpose of which is not learning and teaching. We conducted a qualitative analysis of comments and replies tagged to the most popular postings of an anonymous online bulletin board, during the global economic crisis in 2008–2009. The bulletin board, Agora Economy Room, is housed in the Korean portal site, Daum. We found four interrelated collective activities—recognizing teaching presence, collaborating, labeling, and guarding—among the participants that made active informal learning and teaching possible. These activities had an effect on the characteristics of the emerging informal educative space in different ways. A conceptual map of the findings of this study is discussed as a conclusion.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02601370.2012.736415

Affiliations: Seoul National University, South Korea

Publication date: June 1, 2013

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