TERC Staff Member Presenting at 9th Annual ICLS

June 29, 2010



CAMBRIDGE, MA–TERC staff member Elisabeth Sylvan is presenting at the 9th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS). This year's conference—held from June 29th through July 2nd in Chicago, Illinois—focuses on the topic of 'Learning in the Disciplines'. She will be presenting tomorrow, June 30th, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. on "Predicting Social Influence and Project Influence in Online Communities of Creators". For more information, visit the conference website here.

Poster Session: Predicting Social Influence and Project Influence in Online Communities of Creators
Associated Session: Learning in the Disciplines, 9th ICLS
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
6:30-8:00 p.m., Red Lacquer Ballroom, Palmer House Hilton Hotel, Chicago, IL 
Elisabeth Sylvan

This paper introduces 'Online Communities of Creators'—the subset of social networking sites in which the focus is sharing, developing and understanding personal creations. It proposes that two kinds of influence are important in these communities: social influence and project influence. Using multiple linear regressions, the factors that predict each type of influence were identified for one Online Community of Creators called the 'Scratch Community Website'.