Richard A. Schwier

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Social capital has recently emerged as an important interdisciplinary research area. It is frequently used as a framework for understanding various social issues in temporal communities, neighbourhoods and groups. In particular, researchers in the social sciences and the humanities have used social capital to understand trust, shared understanding,(More)
This paper employs social network techniques to analyze patterns of interactions critical to information and knowledge sharing among learners in a virtual learning community. Drawing from the results of our analysis, fundamental variables which are more likely to affect information and knowledge sharing in virtual learning communities are explored and(More)
This discussion of uses for audit trails in instructional research begins by pointing out that interactive media provide the learner with the opportunity to shape the program, and consequently, the learning exl-rience. The paper focuses on one of the new ques'..ions for instructional designers that have come with the advent of these technologies, i.e., the(More)