Monday, April 26, 2010

Effectiveness of social media in education - following the conversations

We're gradually learning how to use Gephi in a more effective fashion to analyze the traffic which occurred on our students Friendfolios last term. This is a visualization of comments made by students on each other's submissions (we have the same data on subscriptions, likes, etc). Video:

By this type of rigorous and in depth analysis we intend to move beyond the content analysis and simple statistical analysis of social network traffic into a deeper understanding of the value of social media in education, such as how Friendfolios make reflection "sticky".