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Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

This paper documents an effort to measure value using Wenger, Trayner and De Laat's framework (60 page PDF). It's not straightforward, as the expectations of the investigators can play a significant role. "To what extent does a theoretically-driven pre-defined typology of values confine or enrich the range of possible values that can be identified?" ask the authors. They add a pre-cycle of "expected value" to the set of cycles. They differentiate between types of values (personal, social, skill-related, etc) for each of the cycles. And they "invited the participants to write their own value creation stories after their participation in the community events" using a scaffold designed for this purpose. What they found was a veritable Pandora's Box of factors that obscure the view of values. "The seemingly simple action of analyzing values experienced by participants in a community is instead a highly complex process that may lead to an endless complication of unravelling the 'real'". More: see additional items from the current issue of Seminar.net.

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