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October-December 2011 (vol. 4 no. 4)
pp. 327-339
M.-F G. Lin, Dept. of Educ. Technol., Univ. of Hawaii-Manoa, Honolulu, HI, USA
S. Sajjapanroj, Primary Sci. Dept., Instn. for the Promotion of Sci. Math & Technol., Bangkok, Thailand
C. J. Bonk, Instructional Syst. Technol. Dept., Indiana Univ., Bloomington, IN, USA
This study was conducted to better understand Wikibookian apprenticeship and identity as well as the environment or community they operate in. Our initial study explored the basic demographics, purpose and goals, ownership, collaborative work experiences, successes and failures, and advantages and disadvantages of wikibooks. Those initial results revealed interesting issues related to the Wikibookian community and practices within the Wikibooks website. The survey data of this second of a two-part study suggested that while there is a unique sense of community among Wikibookians, most members work independently and without direct guidance or apprenticeship from other more experienced Wikibookians. We conclude that Wikibooks is not a social-networking site where people share profile pictures and make friends. Nevertheless, many Wikibookians do not have difficulties in communicating with other Wikibookians or in contributing to Wikibooks. In addition, this is an open educational environment where sharing knowledge is the primary goal.

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Index Terms:
Web sites,computer aided instruction,electronic publishing,successes-and-failures,Wikibooks,Wikibookians,loosely coupled community,textbooks,collaborative work experiences,basic demographics,purpose-and-goals,Wikibooks Web site,knowledge sharing,open educational environment,Electronic publishing,Internet,Wikipedia,Information services,Social network services,Computer science education,Social factors,internet applications.,Computers and education,computers and society
Citation:
M.-F G. Lin, S. Sajjapanroj, C. J. Bonk, "Wikibooks and Wikibookians: Loosely Coupled Community or a Choice for Future Textbooks?," IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies, vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 327-339, Oct.-Dec. 2011, doi:10.1109/TLT.2011.12
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