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Keynote Speaker 2: Network analysis - Why it matters, how to do it, and what we can learn from it -- 604 -- Plenary

14:00 - 15:00 on Wednesday, 12 September 2012 in Main Theatre

The digital revolution has happened and transformed the way we communicate, share, learn, and apply our skills. It gave rise to phenomena that have not been possible before, including social networks of unprecedented scale. However, digital technologies are rather different from those we used in the past and we still need to develop intuition and practices to use them effectively. For that we need to acquire new skills and adopt new tools. In this talk I will discuss network analysis as a way of gaining insights about online communities. I will demonstrate how visualization and analysis of network graphs reveals patterns of interaction and information about the roles of individuals in communities. This powerful technique can be applied to a variety of scenarios, from monitoring collaborative learning environments to gaining insights about researchers’ scientific interactions. I will emphasize the importance of creating tools that are accessible to a broad audience, and show how adoption of the familiar spreadsheet paradigm can be very effective in teaching network analysis and enabling individuals to become independent and confident analysts without having to become programmers.


Wanted to ask (but we were out of time) whether MS had done work on analysing similarity of FB networks and compared them to other types of comms networks, e.g. email, VLE discussions, or "natural" f2f ones (as Kwak did with Twitter).

Would be interesting to know about distribution of high and low achieving students in different circumstances, and whether students who "got" a topic were more or less likely to help their fellow students in an online community or face to face. But then again this may be one of those unanswerable problems if you don't have a way of mapping f2f social networks "in the wild".

Wednesday, 12 September 2012, 16:21

Natasha, you showed a slide of ALT-C networks with nodes can you share it here please?

Wednesday, 26 September 2012, 19:10

Presentation slides in Powerpoint:

Thursday, 27 September 2012, 14:20


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