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Learning in multiple communities from the perspective of knowledge capital

, University of Ankara ; , Pamukkale University

IRRODL Volume 14, Number 1, ISSN 1492-3831 Publisher: Athabasca University Press


In a learning system, multiple communities represent a networked structure of learning experiences. Individuals belong to multiple communities connected though complex relationships consisting of people, resources, rituals, and ties. Learning occurs as individuals traverse this network from one community to the next. This paper explores the question of how learning occurs in compound communities from the perspective of knowledge capital, that is, the communities’ collective knowledge, skill, and perspective, as well as relationships and connections among members. Through interviews conducted with postgraduate students belonging to multiple communities, we identified issues related to conflict between communities, closed-congregation communities, privacy, and reputation. The results have implications concerning social and structural aspects of learning and instructional design in multiple communities.


Ozturk, H. & Ozcinar, H. (2013). Learning in multiple communities from the perspective of knowledge capital. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 14(1), 204-221. Athabasca University Press. Retrieved April 21, 2019 from .


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