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Shifting interests: changes in the lexical semantics of ED-MEDIA

Wild, Fridolin; Valentine, Chris and Scott, Peter (2010). Shifting interests: changes in the lexical semantics of ED-MEDIA. International Journal on E-Learning, 9(4) pp. 549–562.

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Abstract

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 investigated and changes in the topics covered can be tracked over time. Within this contribution, the two years 2000 and 2008 are used to contrast the change in meaning structure. In both cases, first a quantitative 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 disappears as interests shift and research is finalised for some of the underlying problems.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2010 Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education
ISSN: 1537-2456
Academic Unit/Department: Knowledge Media Institute
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
Item ID: 25146
Depositing User: Kay Dave
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2010 10:09
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2012 19:56
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/25146
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