A visualization of group cognition: Semantic network analysis of a CSCL community

Li Sha, Christopher Teplovs, Jan Van Aalst

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Abstract

This paper reports our progress in using the Knowledge Space Visualizer (KSV) as a tool for formative assessment of online discourse. Whereas social network analysis has been used in research on computer-supported collaborative learning, it only examines the social structure of discourse participants, and does not provide information about the content of the discourse. We discuss two types of networks as they relate to online discourse: structural and semantic. The initial findings indicate that the KSV can be used to visualize a Knowledge Forum database, and can provide a fine-grained semantic analysis that may enable teachers and students to locate the key ideas around which collective learning may takes place.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLearning in the Disciplines: ICLS 2010 Conference Proceedings - 9th International Conference of the Learning Sciences Volume 1
Pages929-936
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event9th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2010 - Chicago, United States
Duration: 29 Jun 20102 Jul 2010
Conference number: 9

Conference

Conference9th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2010
Abbreviated titleICLS
CountryUnited States
CityChicago
Period29/06/102/07/10

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Sha, L., Teplovs, C., & Van Aalst, J. (2010). A visualization of group cognition: Semantic network analysis of a CSCL community. In Learning in the Disciplines: ICLS 2010 Conference Proceedings - 9th International Conference of the Learning Sciences Volume 1 (pp. 929-936)