Title: Group interaction in a web 2.0 based learning environment: a sociogram analysis

Authors: Jianhua Zhao

Addresses: School of Information Technology in Education, South China Normal University, 55 Western Road of Zhongshan, Guangzhou 510631, China

Abstract: Group interaction reflects members| communication behaviours. Web 2.0 applications offer an ideal social environment for increasing learners| cooperative relationship. It is useful to know how group interaction happens in a web 2.0 based learning environment. In this article, group interaction taking place in a web 2.0 based integrated learning environment is analysed through a sociogram approach. The findings show that students| understanding of group learning influences their participation in the discussion forums, and training is crucial for engaging students in online discussions.

Keywords: discussion forum; group interaction; learning environments; sociogram analysis; web 2.0; online discussions; cooperation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.2009.025027

International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 2009 Vol.19 No.2/3, pp.191 - 205

Published online: 10 May 2009 *

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