Social interactions between students are a major and under-explored part of education. Understanding how learning relationships form in undergraduate classrooms, as well as the impacts these relationships have on learning outcomes, can inform educators in unique ways and improve educational reform. Social network analysis (SNA) provides the necessary tool kit for investigating questions involving relational data.
In my recent case study of Gary's class, Networked and Online Learning (HUDK 4011), I use SNA for the comment interaction on Rhizr. What do you think about this? Is it a scary tool to monitor students' private learning experience? Or is it a useful tool for making the recommendation and knowing students better? What ideas do you have for how we can use SNA more effectively in education?