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Abstract Title: CourseNetworking and community: Linking online discussion and networks and course success
Abstract: We report on connections between student participation in an online course forum and their final grades in an introductory physics class. To do this, we take data on posts and replies over the semester and construct a network representation of the forum community. This network represents the number and density of students' online interactions with each other, and allows us to identify central and peripheral participants in this physics discussion community. Here, we look for significant links between network centrality and final grade as part of a larger investigation of the online community-building tool. These questions are especially relevant for institutions with many commuter and non-traditional students, where asynchronous forum talk is one of the few ways for students to engage with their peers outside of class time.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Adrienne L. Traxler
Wright State University
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton, OH 45435
Phone: 937-775-3139
and Co-Presenter(s)
Andy Gavrin, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
Rebecca Lindell, Purdue University