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Knowledge management and e-learning in virtual learning community based on social network analysis

Yazhong Deng (School of Marxism, Yangtze University, Jingzhou, China)
Wei Sun (College of Literature and Media, Qiannan Normal University for Nationalities, Qiannan, China)
Min Chen (Academy of Financial Research, Wenzhou University, Wenzhou, China)
Yuan Yang (College of Liberal Arts, Southwest University, Chongqing, China)

Library Hi Tech

ISSN: 0737-8831

Article publication date: 28 June 2019

Issue publication date: 25 October 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

It is particularly important to study the learner cognition based on information technology and change of learning environment in e-learning. Therefore, based on the combination of knowledge management and e-learning, the purpose of this paper is to discuss the basic rules and existing problems of virtual learning community (VLC).

Design/methodology/approach

In this study, a set of principles and basic framework of VLC was proposed, which could effectively instruct the construction of knowledge and collective wisdom development of VLC. Meantime, this paper revealed and constructed the theoretical framework and learning model for facilitating the advance of collective intelligence, described the main characteristics of collaborative knowledge building and traced the trajectory of convergence of collective intelligence and verified them through case studies and field studies.

Findings

The author analyzed the characteristics of VLC assisting knowledge construction and traced the trajectory of convergence of collective intelligence. In this way, the learners not only construct the meaning of knowledge in the process of participation from the edge to the center, but also complete the transformation from a green hand to an old hand. As a result, the learners form a sense of belonging to the community and complete the identity construction as a member of the community in the process of co-constructing the cultural tradition and value orientation of the community.

Research limitations/implications

The analysis of the framework is made relatively in general terms, and lacks of the concrete, practical analysis. Therefore, it is necessary to adopt the social network analysis method to carry out systematic research on the framework, so as to make the actual operation of the VLC more practical.

Practical implications

It is significant to adopt the construction of the research system and theoretical framework in building VLC so as to improve the learner’s abilities of knowledge building and make full use of the advantages of the VLC.

Originality/value

This paper revealed and constructed the theoretical framework and learning model for facilitating the advance of collective intelligence. Besides, it provides a model reference for the follow-up construction of a new collective learning model.

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Acknowledgements

This work was supported by Research on the Doft Power Construction of Hubei Province from the perspective of historical materialism (Project No. 17Q060) of Hubei Provincial Department of Education. Besides, it was also supported by the Teacher Development Program of Yangtze University’s (Project No. JS201702). Also, this work was supported by “Review and Reconstruction of the Moral Value of Youth Films,” the Western Art Project of the National Social Science Foundation in 2015 (Project No. 15EC172).

Citation

Deng, Y., Sun, W., Chen, M. and Yang, Y. (2019), "Knowledge management and e-learning in virtual learning community based on social network analysis", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 37 No. 4, pp. 906-917. https://doi.org/10.1108/LHT-11-2018-0170

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