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Analyzing online asynchronous discussion using content and social network analysis

Erlin, Erlin and Yusof, Norazah and Abdul Rahman, Azizah (2009) Analyzing online asynchronous discussion using content and social network analysis. In: 9th International Conference on Intelligent Systems Design and Application (ISDA 09), 2009, Italy.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ISDA.2009.40


Asynchronous discussion forum can provide a platform for online learners to communicate with one another easily, without the constraint of place and time. This study explores the analysis process of online asynchronous discussion. We focus upon content analysis and social network analysis, which is the technique often used to measure online discussion in formal educational settings. In addition, Soller's model for content analysis was developed and employed to qualitatively analyze the online discussion. We also discuss the use of network indicators of social network analysis to assess level participation and communication structure throughout online discussion. Adjacency matrix, graph theory and network analysis techniques were applied to quantitatively define the networks interaction among students. The findings showed that these methods provide more meaningful students' interaction analysis in term of information of communication transcripts and communication structures in online asynchronous discussion.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:centrality, coding categories, content analysis, density, online discussion, reliability, social network analysis
Subjects:Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions:Computer Science and Information System (Formerly known)
ID Code:14824
Deposited By: Mrs Liza Porijo
Deposited On:14 Sep 2011 04:42
Last Modified:14 Sep 2011 04:42

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