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Communication Patterns and Network Roles in Distance Education Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Environments
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, , Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Orlando, Florida, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-58-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

We describe communication patterns in collaborative learning environments impacting social structure in distance classes aided by social dynamic factors like respect and influence and how they can have a positive impact on self-perception of knowledge gained and satisfaction with performance. We suggest new ways to assess learning in these environments. Analysis is done using social network analysis to map emergent student communication patterns. We present results of the recently concluded first phase of a two part study and propose the integration of a social network engine in collaborative learning environments, to foster the class social structure, leading to better social dynamics, assessment and learning outcomes.

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Sundararajan, B. & Moore, C. (2006). Communication Patterns and Network Roles in Distance Education Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Environments. In C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2006--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 547-554). Orlando, Florida, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved November 17, 2019 from .

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