The applicability of social network analysis to the study of networked learning

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School of Arts, Design and Architecture | A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä
Date
2011
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en
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365-379
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Interactive Learning Environments, Volume 19, Issue 4
Abstract
Studying networked learning (NL) by applying social network analysis (SNA), has gained popularity in recent years. However, it appears that in the context of networked learning the choice of SNA indices is very often dictated by using easily achievable SNA tools. Most studies in this field only involve a single group of students and utilize simple indices, such as density and Freeman's degree centrality. This study uses data collected from 23 groups of pupils and correlates various SNA indices with the pupils' experiences of the learning process, thus identifying SNA indices that actually relate to the experiences of a learning process. The results show that density is not very useful in studying networked learning, and Freeman's degree centrality is meaningful only in certain cases. Further, the study points out several potentially better suited indices for use in further studies of networked learning.
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networked learning, social network analysis, progressive inquiry, density, Freeman's degree
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Toikkanen, Tarmo & Lipponen, Lasse. 2011. The applicability of social network analysis to the study of networked learning. Interactive Learning Environments. Volume 19, Issue 4. 365-379. ISSN 1049-4820 (printed). DOI: 10.1080/10494820903281999.