Learning in the wild: coding for learning and practice on Reddit

Caroline Haythornthwaite, Priya Kumar*, Anatoliy Gruzd, Sarah Gilbert, Marc Esteve Del Valle, Drew Paulin

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    Abstract

    Learning on and through social media is becoming a cornerstone of lifelong learning, creating places not only for accessing information, but also for finding other self-motivated learners. Such is the case for Reddit, the online news sharing site that is also a forum for asking and answering questions. We studied learning practices found in ‘Ask’ subreddits AskScience, Ask_Politics, AskAcademia, and AskHistorians to develop a coding schema for informal learning. This paper describes the process of evaluating and defining a workable coding schema, one that started with attention to learning processes associated with discourse, exploratory talk, and conversational dialogue, and ended with including norms and practices on Reddit and the support of communities of inquiry. Our ‘learning in the wild’ coding schema contributes a content analysis schema for learning through social media, and an understanding of how knowledge, ideas, and resources are shared in open, online learning forums.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)219-235
    Number of pages18
    JournalLearning, Media and Technology
    Volume43
    Issue number3
    Early online date19-Jul-2018
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2018

    Keywords

    • Learning
    • SOCIAL MEDIA
    • Coding
    • Content Analysis
    • Reddit
    • THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK
    • COMMUNITIES
    • PARTICIPATION
    • RELIABILITY
    • EXPERIENCES
    • KNOWLEDGE
    • STUDENTS

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