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

Yotam Hod, Michal Dvir

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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. This research advances our understanding of the connection between people's interpersonal relations and their learning practices, and suggests an approach to online pedagogies in higher education that can foster robust learning communities

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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