Archive for the ‘Social Networks’ Category

Social Networks and the Building of Learning Communities: An Experimental Study of a Social MOOC

  Social Networks and the Building of Learning Communities: An Experimental Study of a Social MOOC This study aimed to analyze the student’s behaviour in relation to their degree of commitment, participation, and contribution in a MOOC based on a social learning approach. Interaction data was collected on the learning platform and in social networks, […]

The Future Trends Forum

The Future Trends Forum is an ongoing, participatory, and open video conversation about the future of higher education. Each week a different guest – an inspiring expert, visionary, practitioner, or researcher – speaks to their area of interest.  I kick off the discussion with a question or two, then facilitate further questions and comments generated by participants via […]

Modelling relationships between students’ academic achievement and community of inquiry in an online learning environment for a blended course

With the advancement in technology, learners are spending a substantial amount of time on online learning. Guided by the community of inquiry (CoI) framework (Garrison, Anderson, & Archer, 1999), this study examined the relationships among students’ perceived teaching element, social element, cognitive element, satisfaction, continuous academic-related online performance, and academic achievement. A revised form of […]

Design and evaluation of a Facebook game for self-directed e-learning

Social networking sites (SNSs) such as Facebook have a potential to become a valuable learning environment. Facebook games with appropriate instructional design may provide players with better learning experiences and outcomes. Using an effective educational Facebook game, we aimed to explore the educational effects of Facebook games as self-directed e-learning environments. We tested our hypotheses […]

An Analysis of Density and Degree-Centrality According to the Social Networking Structure Formed in an Online Learning Environment

In this study, we assessed the communication structure in an educational online learning environment using social network analysis (SNA). The communication structure was examined with respect to time, and instructors’ participation. The course was implemented using ELGG, a network learning environment, blended with face-to-face sessions over a 14-week period. Data were collected from 114 undergraduate […]

Online Learning: Lonely No More

For nearly two decades, massive open online course (MOOC) providers have offered thousands of free—or very inexpensive—courses and have encouraged millions to enroll in them. However, Carnegie Mellon University’s Carolyn Rosé believes MOOCs have fallen short in one area that she is working to fix: Carnegie Mellon University 

Understanding the Online Doctoral Learning Experience: Factors that Contribute to Students’ Sense of Community

As the number of students taking online courses continues to grow steadily, it is becoming increasingly important to inquire about the experiences of these students in order to understand the factors that contribute to their success. It is imperative that the social needs of students be understood, as interaction is an important aspect of the […]

Portfolio, text, data, page

‘I can use things, but I can’t make anything’: a qualitative exploration of team networks in the development and implementation of a new undergraduate e-compendium

In higher education, undergraduate teaching materials are increasingly becoming available online. There is a need to understand the complex processes that happen during their production and how social networks between different groups impact on their development. This paper draws on qualitative interviews and participant drawings of their social networks to understand the dynamics of creating […]

Navigating digital publics for playful production: A cross-case analysis of two interest-driven online communities

This article argues that the set of skills and strategies associated with managing digital publics online represent an emergent literacy practice of importance to literacy researchers and educators. Drawing on two case studies of online communities popular with contemporary youth to learn, play, and socialize, we articulate how youth participants strategically negotiate multiple audiences online […]

Measuring individuals’ concerns over collective privacy on social networking sites

With the rise of social networking sites (SNSs), individuals not only disclose personal information but also share private information concerning others online. While shared information is co-constructed by self and others, personal and collective privacy boundaries become blurred. Thus there is an increasing concern over information privacy beyond the individual perspective. However, limited research has […]