Karma or Pushback: Using Network Theory to Explore Interactions in the Virtual Classroom


E-learning involves virtual communities. Developing a diverse learning community built around cooperation and self-organization requires an understanding of the principles underlying fragile learning ecosystem. A unique opportunity arises when the history of social interactions is mapped and interpreted using emergent network theory. We identify links between ideas and people and model a topology of interactions that help us understand the emergence of organic knowledge objects.

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