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A method and tool to support the analysis and enhance the understanding of peer-­to-­peer learning experiences

By Anna De Liddo and Panagiota Alevizou

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In this paper we look at how a web-based social software can be used to make qualitative data analysis of online peer-to-peer learning experiences. Specifically, we propose to use Cohere, a web-based social sense-making tool, to observe, track, annotate and visualize discussion group activities in online courses. We define a specific methodology for data observation and structuring, and present results of the analysis of peer interactions conducted in discussion forum in a real case study of a P2PU course. Finally we discuss how network visualization and analysis can be used to gather a better understanding of the peer-to-peer learning experience. To do so, we provide preliminary insights on the social, dialogical and conceptual connections that have been generated within one online discussion group

Year: 2010
OAI identifier: oai:oro.open.ac.uk:23392
Provided by: Open Research Online

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