Title: Learners' use of SNA-based discourse analysis as a self-assessment tool for collaboration

Authors: Yoshiaki Matsuzawa; Jun Oshima; Ritsuko Oshima; Sanshiro Sakai

Addresses: Faculty of Informatics, Shizuoka University, 3-5-1, Johoku, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, 432-8011, Japan ' Faculty of Informatics, Shizuoka University, 3-5-1, Johoku, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, 432-8011, Japan ' Faculty of Informatics, Shizuoka University, 3-5-1, Johoku, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, 432-8011, Japan ' Faculty of Informatics, Shizuoka University, 3-5-1, Johoku, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, 432-8011, Japan

Abstract: In this paper, we examine a methodology for assessing '21st century skills' in the classroom. We have developed a tool named the knowledge building discourse explorer (KBDeX) to facilitate social network analysis-based analysis of collaborative learning discourses. A purpose of this study is to assess the capability of KBDeX as a self-assessment tool for learners. An experimental study was conducted with seven university students, and the results were qualitatively evaluated. This paper presents four cases of students using the tool, and analyses the following: 1) the semantic relationship of words; 2) trend analysis using degree centrality charts; 3) analysis of pivotal points, phases, and characteristics of the discussion; 4) analysis of a social network by using semantics. We confirmed satisfactory results that student findings fit within the theoretical framework of the network analysis and were grounded by discourse data.

Keywords: collaborative learning; self-assessment; social network analysis; SNA; knowledge building; 21st century skills; higher education; universities; trend analysis; semantics; discourse analysis; learning collaboration; social media.

DOI: 10.1504/IJODE.2012.051441

International Journal of Organisational Design and Engineering, 2012 Vol.2 No.4, pp.362 - 379

Received: 08 May 2021
Accepted: 12 May 2021

Published online: 16 Jan 2013 *

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