Identity Artifacts: Resources that facilitate transforming participation in blended learning communities

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This study builds on views of identity as jointly accomplished stories about people expressed through interpersonal relations as they participate in learning communities. Specifically, we suggest a framework that introduces the notion of identity artifacts – Shared resources in the public sphere about participants' lives. We analyzed a blended, humanistic learning community in a graduate setting that included specially designed person-centered activities to facilitate closer interpersonal relationships. We found 2640 identity artifacts, collected from 14 participants, which were organized into a five-staged framework. We use these to describe the role the artifacts played in the transforming participation of the students in the community. We include an extended example of a student to elucidate how this process occurs.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100846
JournalInternet and Higher Education
StatePublished - Jun 2022

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  • Higher education
  • Humanistic
  • Identity artifacts
  • Knowledge building
  • Learning communities
  • Person-centered
  • Wiki

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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