Social networks and performance in distributed learning communities
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Social networks play an essential role in learning environments as a key channel for knowledge sharing and students' support. In distributed learning communities, knowledge sharing does not occur as spontaneously as when a working group shares the same physical space; knowledge sharing depends even more on student informal connections. In this study we analyse two distributed learning communities' social networks in order to understand how characteristics of the social structure can enhance students' success and performance. We used a monitoring system for social network data gathering. Results from correlation analyses showed that students' social network characteristics are related to their performance
CitationCadima, R., Ojeda, J., Monguet, J.M. Social networks and performance in distributed learning communities. "Educational technology and society", Octubre 2012, vol. 15, núm. 4, p. 296-304.