Social Network Informed Design for Learning with Educational Technology



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Haythornthwaite, C. & de Laat, M. F. (2014). Social Network Informed Design for Learning with Educational Technology. In A. Olofsson & J. Lindberg (Eds.), Informed Design of Educational Technologies in Higher Education: Enhanced Learning and Teaching (pp. 352-374). Hershey, United States: IGI Global.


This chapter discusses and illustrates how knowledge of social networks can be used to inform social and technical design for learning and teaching in higher education. The chapter introduces the social network perspective and how this can be used to explore learning. It shows how a relational approach can be used to explore the basis of learning ties, uncover social roles and positions, and form a basis for a network's social capital. This is followed by a discussion of current research directions illustrating how this approach can be applied in education. This research indicates how knowledge of informal learning networks can facilitate informed design for learning, teaching, and professional development.

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