Posted by Mete Akcaoglu on July 2, 2010 · Profile · Leave a Comment 

I am interested in examining the affordances and constraints of technology in developing the skills and knowledge of youth-serving volunteers and staff. Educational technology has proven to be successful in a classroom setting and for some professional development purposes; however, less is known about how hard skills can be taught and demonstrated virtually. I hope to better understand the translation of successful formal educational technology frameworks to non-formal educational opportunities for youth and adults. Of particular importance to me is virtual collaboration and how participation in an online volunteer community can improve outcomes and satisfaction. I seek a better understanding of what motivates volunteers to participate in virtual communities and how this participation can lead to a deeper connection to the service organization. Additionally, I hope to study new trends in virtual volunteering and the role of technology in civic engagement.

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