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ERIC Number: EJ992964
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1436-4522
Social Networks and Performance in Distributed Learning Communities
Cadima, Rita; Ojeda, Jordi; Monguet, Josep M.
Educational Technology & Society, v15 n4 p296-304 2012
Social networks play an essential role in learning environments as a key channel for knowledge sharing and students' support. In distributed learning communities, knowledge sharing does not occur as spontaneously as when a working group shares the same physical space; knowledge sharing depends even more on student informal connections. In this study we analyse two distributed learning communities' social networks in order to understand how characteristics of the social structure can enhance students' success and performance. We used a monitoring system for social network data gathering. Results from correlation analyses showed that students' social network characteristics are related to their performance. (Contains 1 table and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Portugal; Spain