Network Analysis

A. "Breaking down learner isolation: How social network analysis informs design and facilitation for online learning"
Article by Barb McDonald, Bronwyn Stuckey, Nick Noakes, Susanne Nyrop
AERA Montreal 2005


"In many online contexts learners report feeling disconnected, and experience an isolation or social exclusion that impacts on their levels of participation, satisfaction and learning. This study examines the ties developed between members of an internationally-offered online workshop that its design emulates aspects of a community of practice. The paper describes application of Social Network Analysis (SNA) strategies to understand the relationships developed that community-based online workshop.The study used purpose built online surveys and semi-structured interviews to surface some of the complex issues at play in developing "closeness" between online participants and the relationship of closeness to meaningful learning/"