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Supporting community-based learning: case study of a geographical community organization designing its website

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Community computing supports human - computer interaction among neighbours in geographical or place-based community organizations. Using a case study of such an organization, we investigate the process of designing their website. Our long-term participatory design approach, integrating developmental informal learning, allowed us to understand how this community organization adopts, evaluates, and sustains website technology. Based on our case study analysis, we present three design heuristics for developing community-based technology: align and afford new possibilities for participation, dynamically manage organizational knowledge and learning, and enhance social capital within community organizations and with the broader community.

Keywords: Community computing; Developmental informal learning; Long-term participatory design; Sustainability

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Center for Human Computer Interaction and College of Information Sciences and Technology, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA

Publication date: 2007-01-01

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