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An Analysis of Communication Network Structures In a University Social Network Service
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, Kyushu University, Japan ; , Fukui Prefectural University, Japan ; , , Hiroshima University, Japan ; , Kyushu University, Japan

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Orlando, Florida, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-83-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA

Abstract

Recently social network services (SNS for short) are getting a growing number worldwide, and some educational institutions began utilize them as the measure for communication between students, teachers, etc. In SNSs, many functions like profile, making “friends” with others, personal message, blogging, community for specific genres, are supported. Users communicate each other, or exchange information, using those functions.In SNSs in the universities, such functions are often used to assist communications in classes, or student's private discussions and collaborations for learning.The purpose of this paper is to investigate the communication in SNS used in universities and find some characteristics in it. Here, we extract communications in as network structures from log data of such SNS, and analyze them using methods of Social Network Analysis or Complex Network Analysis.

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Tagawa, T., Yamakawa, O., Yasutake, K., Sumiya, T. & Inoue, H. (2010). An Analysis of Communication Network Structures In a University Social Network Service. In J. Sanchez & K. Zhang (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2010--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 2726-2733). Orlando, Florida, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved June 5, 2020 from .

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