Who Knows Whom in a Distributed Learning Community?

This project used social network analysis to understand a distributed community of learners’ email communication. The series of investigations described the characteristics of the learners, the use of an online resource, and the email exchanges between members of the group.  The findings lay the groundwork for more extensive use of SNA techniques with this community and suggests the ways in which it can be useful in understanding the social dynamics of learning more generally.

Publication: Sylvan, E. (2006). Who knows whom in a virtual learning network?: applying social network analysis to communities of learners at the computer clubhouse. In Proc. of the 7th International Conference on Learning Sciences, Bloomington, Indiana, June 27 – July 01, 2006, International Society of the Learning Sciences, 758-764. [pdf]