Advanced Learning Technologies, IEEE International Conference on (2003)
July 9, 2003 to July 11, 2003
Reuven Aviv , Open University of Israel
Zippy Erlich , Open University of Israel
Gilad Ravid , Open University of Israel
We provide empirical support for the assertions that high level of knowledge construction is associated with structured design and that knowledge construction is associated with cohesion and equivalence network structures. We built and analyzed two CSCL communities - one structured the other non-structured. The levels of learning processes were measured by content analysis. The social capital structure of the communities was analyzed by Social Network Analysis. The analysis revealed that the structured community developed social capital, encoded by a mesh of interlinked cliques, and that participants undertook bridging and triggering roles, and exhibited high levels of constructing knowledge. The tutor (guide) remained on the side. The non-structured community did not construct knowledge, cohesion was dull, and participants did not undertake any essential roles.
Z. Erlich, G. Ravid and R. Aviv, "Cohesion and Roles: Network Analysis of CSCL Communities," Advanced Learning Technologies, IEEE International Conference on(ICALT), Athens, Greece, 2003, pp. 145.