Robert-Jan Simons

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The focus of this study is to explore the advances that Social Network Analysis (SNA) can bring, in combination with other methods, when studying Networked Learning/ Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (NL/CSCL). We present a general overview of how SNA is applied in NL/CSCL research; we then go on to illustrate how this research method can be(More)
Seven pedagogical principles guided the development of a collaborative virtual environment, within an international project called ITCOLE. The progressive inquiry model as a theoretical framework had a large impact on describing these principles. Furthermore, this article describes the two web-based software systems – Synergeia and FLE3 – that were(More)
The role of tutors has changed over time, depending on models of learning and on the technology available. This paper discusses the evolution of the tutor role and presents a new model concerning the tutoring of a virtual community. The definition of a virtual community starts from a theory of communities of learning and takes the features of the virtual(More)
Self-determination theory is a general theory of human motivation and personality, emphasizing the dialectical relationships between growth-oriented human beings and social contexts that facilitate or impede people's motivation to actualize their potentials. The three main factors that consist this theory are autonomy, competence, and relatedness improving(More)
Today, social networks are becoming rather popular throughout the world. Their multi-dimensional uses and specifications increase every day. However, research shows that their scientific and educational functions are still limited. We believe that social networks have the potential to create new contexts and opportunities that increase students' motivation(More)