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Connected learning in online communities

8 August 2013

Join us on August 8 for a CoCo seminar by Amanda Ochsner and Crystle Martin titled “Connected learning in interest-driven, knowledge-building communities”.

Online communities offer a rich and complex arena for interaction and learning. Participants are bound together through shared interests and activities, making these ideal contexts to examine dimensions of connected learning at work. These communities allow people to come together to develop knowledge and skills, both within the boundary of the activity and beyond, providing a supportive environment for learning outside classrooms.

In this talk, Martin and Ochsner explore connected learning as it occurs in interest-driven knowledge communities, including game wikis and the community that has formed around the practice of professional wrestling.

Ochsner will share her analysis of data collected across four games-based wikis over a period of more than six months. With this data, she evaluates the wikis in terms of how they function as self-organised knowledge communities.

Martin will present her research on a professional wrestling fantasy league that functions somewhat like a text style RPG. The community creates wrestlers, writes scripts, and carries out matches, creating many learning opportunities for the participants to learn digital media skills, perfect their writing, and take a leadership role in the community, along with participating in the discourse of wrestling.

This seminar will be available live online at

Event details

  • When: 10–11.30am

  • Where:

    Education Building A35

    Room 230

  • Cost: Free

  • Contact:

    Sadhbh Warren

    T: 9351 2612


  • More info: Arrive at 10.45 for refreshments

  • Speaker/ Performer:

    Amanda Ochsner is a graduate student in the department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Completing her doctoral studies with a concentration in Digital Media, she works with Dr Constance Steinkuehler on her PopCosmo research team. Amanda is also the acting interim research manager at the Games+Learning+Society Center in Madison, WI. Her research interests focus around learning and literacy in online game communities. She is also working on a team project for the design of an online space for young women to learn computational thinking skills and computer programming. Before beginning graduate school, Amanda worked in the games press as an editor for IGN’s Green Pixels site and as a frequent freelance contributor for their family-focused site, What They Play.

    Crystle Martin is a postdoctoral research fellow for the Connected Learning Research Network at the Digital Media and Learning Hub at the University of California, Irvine, working with Professor Mizuko (Mimi) Ito. Her research explores information literacy and learning in online communities. She holds a PhD in curriculum and instruction, specialising in digital media, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, having studied with Professor Constance Steinkuehler. Crystle's dissertation focused on the information literacy practices in the online affinity space of the massively multiplayer online game World of Warcraft. The dissertation is being published as a book entitled Voyages across a constellation of information: information literacy in interest-driven learning communities in the Peter Lang series New Literacies and Digital Epistemologies. Her current work focuses on connected-learning practices in professional wrestling communities.

Connected learning in online communities


Education Building A35

Room 230


7 August 2013

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