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Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics

ISSN: 1690-4524 (Online)

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Nagib C. Callaos

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Overall Development Management Model: A New Approach for Emerging Countries. Comparative Analysis of Six Countries on Two Continents.
Fabiana Sciarelli, Azzurra Rinaldi
(pages: 1-7)

The Review Function in Organizations and its Implications for Organization Theory, Cybernetics, and Ethnography
Paul D. Nugent, Richard Montague
(pages: 8-12)

Measuring the Value of Enterprise Architecture on IT Projects with CHAOS Research
Eaglan Kurek, James Johnson, Hans Mulder
(pages: 13-18)

Student-Lead, Interdisciplinary Project-Based Learning for Continuous Success in Animation Education
Seth Holladay, Brent Adams
(pages: 19-24)

Increasing the Attractiveness of Study Programs in the Field of Security and Safety
Eva Sventekova, Katarina Holla
(pages: 25-28)

METEO11 Meteorological Message gained from the METB3, METCM or Abstract of Measured Meteorological Data
Karel Šilinger, Martin Blaha
(pages: 29-34)

Transdisciplinar Meta-Design for Geomatics Applications
Margarita Paras Fernandez, Fernando Lopez Caloca
(pages: 35-40)

Biomonapp’s Sensing & Monitoring of Plants/Fish & Water Quality for Ag Biotech & Bio Monitoring Environments
Christine M. Cunningham Yukech
(pages: 41-47)

Data Binding Issue in Fire Control Application for Technical Control of Artillery Fire
Martin Blaha, Karel Šilinger, Ladislav Potužák
(pages: 48-52)

Explaining the AMST Model: Using Arts, Maths, Science, and Technology in an Upgraded Problem-Based Learning Approach
Georgia Daleure
(pages: 53-56)

Challenges for Using IT in Mexico’s Health Care Industry (Aguascalientes México Case)
Jesús Salvador Vivanco, Martha González
(pages: 57-61)

Dialectal Atlas of the Arab World - between Intention and Reality
Anass Bayaga, Olga Bernikova
(pages: 62-65)

Integrating Architectural Approaches in Communication Design Education to Improve Awareness in Affordance Design
Simge Esin Orhun
(pages: 66-71)

Ethical Implications in the Way Some Marketing Activities is Using Big Data
Adriana da Glória Prado, Joice Chiareto, Fábio Lotti Oliva, Celso Cláudio de Hildebrand e Grisi
(pages: 72-76)

Evidence-Based Education: Case Study of Educational Data Acquisition and Reuse
Katashi Nagao, Naoya Morita, Shigeki Ohira
(pages: 77-84)





Social network analysis as a method for analyzing interaction in collaborative online learning environments

Patricia Rice Doran, Chad Doran, Amy Mazur

Social network analysis software such as NodeXL has been used to describe participation and interaction in numerous social networks, but it has not yet been widely used to examine dynamics in online classes, where participation is frequently required rather than optional and participation patterns may be impacted by the requirements of the class, the instructor’s activities, or participants’ intrinsic engagement with the subject matter. Such social network analysis, which examines the dynamics and interactions among groups of participants in a social network or learning group, can be valuable in programs focused on teaching collaborative and communicative skills, including teacher preparation programs. Applied to these programs, social network analysis can provide information about instructional practices likely to facilitate student interaction and collaboration across diverse student populations. This exploratory study used NodeXL to visualize students’ participation in an online course, with the goal of identifying (1) ways in which NodeXL could be used to describe patterns in participant interaction within an instructional setting and (2) identifying specific patterns in participant interaction among students in this particular course. In this sample, general education teachers demonstrated higher measures of connection and interaction with other participants than did those from specialist (ESOL or special education) backgrounds, and tended to interact more frequently with all participants than the majority of participants from specialist backgrounds. We recommend further research to delineate specific applications of NodeXL within an instructional context, particularly to identify potential patterns in student participation based on variables such as gender, background, cultural and linguistic heritage, prior training and education, and prior experience so that instructors can ensure their practice helps to facilitate student interaction in light of each of these potential variables.

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