Hello..? Echo, echo, echo

Learning from others

Have a look at the figure below. What do you see? I’d describe it as a number of galaxies or star constellations. Each constellation has a specific color. The constellations do not touch each other. They are isolated from each other. All constellations have at least one big circle in them. Some have several. What could this picture represent?

Source: Hernández-García, Angel, González-González, I., Jiménez-Zarco, A. I., & Chaparro-Peláez, J. (2015). Applying social learning analytics to message boards in online distance learning: A case study. Computers in Human Behavior, 47, 68–80. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2014.10.038

What does this mean?

The constellations show you if the interaction between course participants is equally spread among participants or centralized. In most cases, interaction is centralized as only one person writes messages. If you consider that different people bring different perspectives and that there is something you can learn from anybody, this centralized and one-sided interaction isn’t ideal.



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Behind every problem is a web of connectors and links. I look for patterns and offer solution. — I’m also raising 4 humans: I know problems can be solved.