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Social Patterns in Mobile Technology Mediated Collaboration among Members of the Professional Distance Education Community
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Educational Media International Volume 45, Number 1, ISSN 0952-3987

Abstract

The aim of this study was to identify social patterns in mobile technology mediated collaboration among distributed members of the professional distance education community. Ten participants worked for 12 weeks designing a master's programme in information sciences. The participants' mobile technology usage activity and interview data were first analyzed to get an overview of the density and distribution of collaboration at individual and community levels. Second, the results of the social network analyses were interpreted to explore how different social network patterns of relationships affect online and offline interactions. Third, qualitative descriptions of participant teamwork were analyzed to provide practical examples and explanations. Overall, the analyses revealed nonparticipative behaviour within the online community. The social network analysis revealed structural holes and sparse collaboration among participants in the offline community. It was found that due to their separated practices in the offline community, they did not have a need for mobile collaboration tools in their practices. (Contains 5 tables and 2 notes.)

Citation

Laru, J. & Jarvela, S. (2008). Social Patterns in Mobile Technology Mediated Collaboration among Members of the Professional Distance Education Community. Educational Media International, 45(1), 17-32. Retrieved November 12, 2019 from .

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