Cohesion and roles: Network analysis of CSCL communities

Reuven Aviv, Zippy Erlich, Gilad Ravid

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Abstract

We provide empirical support for the assertions that high level of knowledge construction is associated with structured design and that knowledge construction is associated with cohesion and equivalence network structures. We built and analyzed two CSCL communities-one structured the other nonstructured. The levels of learning processes were measured by content analysis. The social capital structure of the communities was analyzed by social network analysis. The analysis revealed that the structured community developed social capital, encoded by a mesh of interlinked cliques, and that participants undertook bridging and triggering roles, and exhibited high levels of constructing knowledge. The tutor (guide) remained on the side. The nonstructured community did not construct knowledge, cohesion was dull, and participants did not undertake any essential roles.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 3rd IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, ICALT 2003
Pages145-149
Number of pages5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2003
Externally publishedYes
Event3rd IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, ICALT 2003 - Athens, Greece
Duration: 9 Jul 200311 Jul 2003

Publication series

NameProceedings - 3rd IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, ICALT 2003

Conference

Conference3rd IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, ICALT 2003
Country/TerritoryGreece
CityAthens
Period9/07/0311/07/03

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Education

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