International Journal of Information Systems and Social Change
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Web 2.0 tools occupy a large part of our lives, and their use in the classroom offers instructors a unique opportunity to gather substantial information about individual and interactive student behaviors. The authors’ challenge is understanding the implications of this rich data source for assessing course efficacy and student learning, and applying these insights to further enhance the development of global business competencies. This paper reviews 311 student interactions as reflected in comments exchanged in a digital social learning community and, using social network analysis, discusses the potential to use these interactions to assess student critical thinking, communication, and collaborative feedback skills. The authors conclude with implications and recommendations for instructors who want to use Web 2.0 platforms and data to enhance their understanding of student and class digital interactions, and apply this information to course enhancement.
Feldstein, A., & Gower, K. (2015). Using Social Network Analysis to Explore Digital Student Interactions and Business Competency Learning in a Web-based Educational Platform: International Journal of Information Systems and Social Change, 6(1), 1–23. https://doi.org/10.4018/ijissc.2015010101