Social network analysis for technology-enhanced learning: review and future directions

Sie, Rory L.L.; Ullmann, Thomas Daniel; Rajagopal, Kamakshi; Cela, Karina; Rijpkema, Marlies Bitter and Sloep, Peter B. (2012). Social network analysis for technology-enhanced learning: review and future directions. International Journal of Technology Enhanced Learning, 4(3/4) pp. 172–190.




By nature, learning is social. The interactions by which we learn from others inherently form a network of relationships among people, but also between people and resources. This paper gives an overview of the potential social network analysis (SNA) may have for social learning. It starts with an overview of the history of social learning and how SNA may be of value. The core of the paper outlines the state-of-art of SNA for technology-enhanced learning (TEL), by means of four possible types of SNA applications: visualisation, analysis, simulation, and interventions. In an outlook, future directions of SNA research for TEL are provided.

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 37829
  • Item Type
  • Journal Item
  • ISSN
  • 1753-5255
  • Keywords
  • social network analysis; social media; internet; world wide web; social networking; networks; social learning; roadmaps; relationships; visualisation; simulation; interventions; technology enhanced learning
  • Academic Unit or School
  • Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
  • Copyright Holders
  • © 2012 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.
  • Depositing User
  • Thomas Ullmann