International Journal on E-Learning Volume 9, Number 4, ISSN 1537-2456 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
Large research networks naturally form complex communities with overlapping but not identical expertise. To map the distribution of professional competence in field of ‘technology-enhanced learning’, the lexical semantics expressed in research articles published in a representative, large-scale conference (ED-MEDIA) can be investi-gated and changes in the topics covered can be tracked over time. Within this contribution, the two years 2000 and 2008 are used to con-trast the change in meaning structure. In both cases, first a quantita-tive investigation is applied, directly followed by a two-fold qualitative analysis. Results indicate that the field has opened up to new areas, thus diversifying research; at the same time, certain terminology dis-appears as interests shift and research is finalised for some of the un-derlying problems.
Wild, F., Valentine, C. & Scott, P. (2010). Shifting Interests: Changes in the Lexical Semantics of ED-MEDIA. International Journal on E-Learning, 9(4), 549-562. Waynesville, NC USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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