Learning in the wild: coding for learning and practice on Reddit

Haythornthwaite, C., Kumar, P., Gruzd, A., Gilbert, S., Esteve Del Valle, M. & Paulin, D. 19-Jul-2018 In : Learning, Media and Technology. 18 p.

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Learning on and through social media is becoming a cornerstone of lifelong learning, creating places not only for accessing information, but also for finding other self-motivated learners. Such is the case for Reddit, the online news sharing site that is also a forum for asking and answering questions. We studied learning practices found in ‘Ask’ subreddits AskScience, Ask_Politics, AskAcademia, and AskHistorians to develop a coding schema for informal learning. This paper describes the process of evaluating and defining a workable coding schema, one that started with attention to learning processes associated with discourse, exploratory talk, and conversational dialogue, and ended with including norms and practices on Reddit and the support of communities of inquiry. Our ‘learning in the wild’ coding schema contributes a content analysis schema for learning through social media, and an understanding of how knowledge, ideas, and resources are shared in open, online learning forums.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages18
JournalLearning, Media and Technology
StateE-pub ahead of print - 19-Jul-2018


  • Learning, SOCIAL MEDIA, Coding, Content Analysis, Reddit

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