[Air-L] Longitudinal qualitative analysis of CMC

Caroline Haythornthwaite haythorn at uiuc.edu
Thu Jan 31 06:37:55 PST 2008

See the longitudinal study I did with colleagues on an online learning 
environment (2000, in JCMC). We used as a base much of the literature on group 
processes, including group development over time. A bit more of a review on 
that literature is also in a JALN piece from 2006. 

Michelle Kazmer's work looks specifically at the group ending process -- the 
'disengagement' from online groups. See her dissertation work or the paper in 
NMS (2007).


Haythornthwaite, C., Kazmer, M.M., Robins, J. & Shoemaker, S. (2000). 
Community development among distance learners: Temporal and technological 
dimensions. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 6(1). 

Haythornthwaite, C. (February, 2006). Facilitating collaboration in online 
learning. Journal of Asynchronous Learning, 10(1). http://www.sloan-

Kazmer, M. M. (2007). Beyond C U L8R: Disengaging from online social worlds. 
New Media and Society, 9, 111-138. 

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>Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2008 14:38:41 +0100
>From: "Ulrike Pfeil" <UlrikePfeil at gmx.net>  
>Subject: [Air-L] Longitudinal qualitative analysis of CMC  
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>Hello everybody,
>I am interested in doing longitudinal qualitative analysis of asynchronous 
online communities in order to analyse the development of the online 
community over time (e.g. looking at how people develop a sense of 
community, how communication and interaction patterns change over time, 
how people take on or abandon certain roles within the community etc.). 
>However, I am having a hard time finding methodological guidance on how to 
go about it (the longitudinal part). Does anybody have experience with 
longitudinal qualitative analysis of CMC or can recommend literature that might 
help me? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
>Kind regards,
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Caroline Haythornthwaite
Associate Professor
Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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