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ERIC Number: EJ815129
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0735-6331
Using Social Network Analysis to Understand Sense of Community in an Online Learning Environment
Shen, Demei; Nuankhieo, Piyanan; Huang, Xinxin; Amelung, Christopher; Laffey, James
Journal of Educational Computing Research, v39 n1 p17-36 2008
This study uses social network analysis (SNA) in an innovative way to describe interaction and explain how interaction influences sense of community of students in online learning environments. The findings reveal differences on sense of community between two similarly structured online courses, and show unique interaction patterns for students in the two courses. These results should prove to be interesting to researchers of online learning both on a theoretical and methodological basis. (Contains 8 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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