Fostering online socio-cognitive identity

Vincenza Benigno, Antonella Chifari

Abstract


In order to enrich the research regarding the dynamics related to the construction of online participant’s identity in web learning contexts, this contribution begins with a theoretical overview on the impor-tance of social relations for learning, and then discusses the possibil-ity of planning and implementing specifi c strategies to foster online socio-cognitive identity. An examination of some messages posted by participants involved in an online learning process follows. Partici-pants were invited to refl ect on their own way of communicating, the emotions felt, the strategies used to complete the requested tasks and to become aware of diffi culties met during the interaction process. At the end some brief fi nal refl ections where the importance of using meta-refl ection strategies to foster online socio-cognitive identity are provided.

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