Title: THE FUNCTIONAL MECHANISMS AND KEY FACTORS FOR THE ENERGY TECHNOLOGY KNOWLEDGE-SHARING WEB-BASED PLATFORM

Year of Publication: 2013
Page Numbers: 40-49
Authors: Mei-Chen Chang, Yao-Ming Chu, Kuo-Sheng Hsu
Conference Name: The First International Conference on Green Computing, Technology and Innovation (ICGCTI2013)
- Malaysia

Abstract:


The establishments of knowledge-sharing platforms have transcended the limitations of time and space via network technologies, allowing people from different corners of the world to share knowledge, search for information, and even jointly create new knowledge. Employing a domestically designed and developed knowledge-sharing platform, called “Energy Magician”, as the field of study, and using participating students in its knowledge sharing as the subjects, this research devises a web-based survey to explore how the participants with different personal characteristics value the key factors of functional mechanism design, reward system, and knowledge sharing of the platform. The research found that the contestants valued differently the various key factors such as the reward system, the platform’s functional mechanisms, and sustained knowledge sharing. Contestants in different groups with disparities in variables such as prior experience in using the platform, usage duration, and degree of participation, valued the platform’s reward system differently. Moreover, contestants in different groups ordered the importance of the platform’s functional mechanisms in distinct ways. As for the key factor of sustained knowledge sharing, contestants with prior experience in web-based knowledge sharing valued the “cultivation of abilities in data compilation”; elementary school students valued “level titles and privileges” and “cash and prize rewards”, while contestants with high degrees of participation valued the “joy in knowledge sharing”, “joy of participating in the contest”, and “level titles and privileges” most.