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Title: Moving Practice: From Classrooms to MOO Rooms
Authors: O'Day, Vicki
Bobrow, Daniel
Bobrow, Kimberly
Shirley, Mark
Hughes, Billie
Walters, Jim
Keywords: Classroom practice;learning community;MOO;MUD;network community
Issue Date: 1998
Publisher: Springer
metadata.dc.relation.ispartof: Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW): Vol. 7
metadata.mci.reference.pages: 9-45
Series/Report no.: Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW)
Abstract: We discuss design considerations in moving practice through the boundary from physical to virtual places. Although the examples are grounded in a school environment, we believe that the design tradeoffs apply to any networked collaborative space. The context for discussion is Pueblo, a MOO-based, cross-generation network learning community centered around a K-6 elementary school. The development of practice in Pueblo draws upon teachers' and students' experience with semi-structured classroom participation frameworks – informal structures of social interaction which foster certain ways of thinking, doing, and learning through guided activities and conversations. We have translated several familiar frameworks into the Pueblo setting, using the classroom versions as models to be adapted and transformed as they are aligned with the affordances of the MOO. We identify four design dimensions that have emerged as particularly interesting and important in this process: audience, asynchrony and synchrony, attention and awareness, and prompts for reflection. We illustrate design choices in each dimension using several of the participation frameworks that have been translated into Pueblo. We discuss the relation between MOO affordances and design choices and provide examples of successful and unsuccessful alignment between them.
metadata.dc.identifier.doi: 10.1023/A:1008632104055
ISSN: 1573-7551
Appears in Collections:JCSCW Vol. 07 (1998)

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