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CourseNetworking and community: Linking online discussion networks and course success
written by Adrienne L. Traxler, Andrew Gavrin, and Rebecca S. Lindell
Large introductory science courses are isolating for many students, and reducing this isolation is an important factor for student retention in college. Active learning courses often build community among students as an explicit goal, but many commuter or non-traditional students have limited on-campus time. Online discussion forums provide one tool for engaging students with each other outside of class time. This study uses social network analysis with forum data from an introductory physics course to examine students' positions in the class discussion network and link it to their final course grades. We find that, contrary to expectations, there is no strong correlation between forum network centrality and class outcomes. Possible reasons for this mismatch and future refinements to the model are discussed.
Physics Education Research Conference 2016
Part of the PER Conference series
Sacramento, CA: July 20-21, 2016
Pages 352-355
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Education - Applied Research
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Education - Basic Research
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- Behavior
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10.1119/perc.2016.pr.083
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A. Traxler, A. Gavrin, and R. Lindell, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2016, Sacramento, CA, 2016, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14268&DocID=4622).
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A. Traxler, A. Gavrin, and R. Lindell, CourseNetworking and community: Linking online discussion networks and course success, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2016, Sacramento, CA, 2016, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14268&DocID=4622>.
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Traxler, A., Gavrin, A., & Lindell, R. (2016, July 20-21). CourseNetworking and community: Linking online discussion networks and course success. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2016, Sacramento, CA. Retrieved December 12, 2019, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14268&DocID=4622
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Traxler, A, A. Gavrin, and R. Lindell. "CourseNetworking and community: Linking online discussion networks and course success." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2016, Sacramento, CA, July 20-21, 2016. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14268&DocID=4622 (accessed 12 December 2019).
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Traxler, Adrienne, Andrew Gavrin, and Rebecca Lindell. "CourseNetworking and community: Linking online discussion networks and course success." Physics Education Research Conference 2016. Sacramento, CA: 2016. 352-355 of PER Conference. 12 Dec. 2019 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14268&DocID=4622>.
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