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Title:Motivation and skill acquisition in an online amateur multimedia community: a case study
Author(s):Smith, Brittany Noell
Director of Research:Tilley, Carol
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Tilley, Carol
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Cope, William; La Barre, Kathryn; Smith, Linda C.; Twidale, Michael
Department / Program:Information Sciences
Discipline:Library & Information Science
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Online communities
Multimedia communities
Abstract:Both the amount of multimedia content and the venues for sharing such content have been steadily increasing, yet not much is known about what motivated, inspired, and helped the content creators to create their artifacts. Using participant observation, web content analysis, and interviews, this case study focuses on one online amateur multimedia community and the animators therein. In particular, it addresses questions concerning 1) one’s motivation to join and create animations in that community, and 2) how one acquires the skills necessary to create animations and participate in the community. Having a better understanding of motivation and skill acquisition in this informal, online setting can provide insight on ways to improve and support the learning processes and environments in other online communities, more formal arenas like classrooms and workplaces, and in other informal settings such as structured after-school programs.
Issue Date:2016-12-01
Rights Information:Copyright 2016 Brittany Smith
Date Available in IDEALS:2017-03-01
Date Deposited:2016-12

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