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

dc.contributorAalto Universityen
dc.contributor.authorToikkanen, Tarmo
dc.contributor.authorLipponen, Lasse
dc.contributor.departmentMedian laitosfi
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Mediaen
dc.contributor.labLearning Environments Research Group (LeGroup)en
dc.contributor.schoolTaiteiden ja suunnittelun korkeakoulufi
dc.contributor.schoolSchool of Arts, Design and Architectureen
dc.description.abstractStudying 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.en
dc.description.versionPeer revieweden
dc.identifier.citationToikkanen, 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.en
dc.identifier.issn1049-4820 (printed)
dc.publisherInforma UK Limiteden
dc.relation.ispartofseriesInteractive Learning Environmentsen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesVolume 19, Issue 4
dc.rights© 2011 Informa UK Limited. This is a post print manuscript of an article published by Informa UK Limited in Interactive Learning Environments (2011), available online at
dc.rights.holderInforma UK Limited
dc.subject.keywordnetworked learningen
dc.subject.keywordsocial network analysisen
dc.subject.keywordprogressive inquiryen
dc.subject.keywordFreeman's degreeen
dc.titleThe applicability of social network analysis to the study of networked learningen
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