Share Paper: Unified Yet Separated - Empirical Study on the Impact of Hierarchical Positions within Communities of Learning

  1. Martin Rehm, University Duisburg-Essen, Germany
  2. Wim Gijselaers, University Maastricht, Netherlands
  3. Mien Segers, University Maastricht, Netherlands
Tuesday, June 24 1:30 PM-2:00 PM B3116

Abstract: Communities of Learning (CoL) are suggested to facilitate the co-construction of knowledge among participants of online trainings. Yet, previous studies often detached participants from the social context in which learning took place. The manuscript addresses this shortcoming by providing empirical evidence from 30 CoL of a global organization, where 337 staff members from different hierarchical positions collaboratively enhanced their knowledge via asynchronous discussion forums. The results from four dedicated studies clearly indicate that the higher participants’ hierarchical position, the higher their amount of social and cognitive messages, and the more central their network position within CoL. However, we also identified ...