Understanding on-line community: The affordances of virtual space

April 15, 2002

This paper looks at one particular virtual community, an on-line degree programme at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, which offers an M.S. in Library and Information Science (called “LEEP”). It draws on a framework presented by Mynatt, et al., (1998), which provides a lens for talking about on-line community as a set of affordances. This framework is applied to illustrate the interactions, artefacts, and expectations that shape this community.

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