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A Methodological Framework for Investigating Social Participation in Mobile Social Media Learning: A Social Network Analysis

A Methodological Framework for Investigating Social Participation in Mobile Social Media Learning: A Social Network Analysis
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Author(s): Ayse Kok (Cambridge, UK)
Copyright: 2017
Pages: 18
Source title: Integrating an Awareness of Selfhood and Society into Virtual Learning
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Andrew Stricker (The Air University, USA), Cynthia Calongne (Colorado Technical University, USA), Barbara Truman (University of Central Florida, USA) and Fil Arenas (The Air University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2182-2.ch007

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Abstract

Social media is increasingly becoming an essential platform for social connectivity in our daily lives. The availability of mobile technology has further fueled its importance – making it a ubiquitous tool for social interaction. However, limited studies have been conducted to investigate roles of social participation in this field. Thus, the study proposes a methodological framework to identify the roles of social participation in mobile social media learning using the “ladder of participation and mastering.” It suggests ways for data analysis using a social network analysis tool, such as NodeXL. The following framework of analysis for various roles of social participation in mobile social media is offered: (i) lurkers; (ii) gradually mastering members/passive members; (iii) recognized members; and (iv) coaches. This paper draws attention to the fact that learners can inter-change roles of social participation – becoming more central or less central in learning discussions.

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