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Biosketch: Doctor Urban Carlen

I am a Ph.D candidate in Applied IT at the IT-faculty, University of Gothenburg. My academic background is in the inter-disciplinary fields of behavioural studies and computer science. My interest in human activities on the Internet emerged during my undergraduate studies at the University of Skövde. In recent times, I have concentrated my research studies on how online participation is organized in professional practices and how asynchronous tools function as an arena for continual professional development. As from the year 2010, I am working as a lecturer in courses of IT and learning on the programme for teacher training at the Department of Information and Communication at University of Skövde.


My current research study examines how various participants, mostly general practitioners, take part within an e-mailing list managed by a Swedish association of general/family medicine. The participants organise themselves on voluntary basis for continual online activities based on open access to a online learning community (OLC). The research study is carried out from a sociocultural perspective on learning for analysing social interactions. The doctoral thesis will be defended during the spring 2010.

Recent publications

Carlén, U. & Jobring, O. (2007). Perspectives on Sustainability of
Activities within Online Learning Communities. /The International
Journal of Web Based Communities/ (IJWBC). /3/ (1) s. 100-113.

Carlén, U. & Jobring, O. (2005). The Rationale of Online Learning Communities. /The International Journal of Web Based Communities/(IJWBC). /1/ (3) s. 272-295.

Urban Carlén

Urban Carl¿


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