29th Mar 2016, 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Social Network Analysis, Learning Analytics and Learning Design: lessons learnt from a comparative study

Facilitated by Dr Panos Vlachopoulos (Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Macquarie University)

The focus of this presentation will be the results from a comparative study between an intensive mode delivery (6 weeks) and a traditional standard delivery mode (13 weeks) of the same unit that followed the same exactly design principles and was facilitated by the same tutors.  We were interested in finding out the extent to which learning design had any influence in the ways in which students interacted with themselves and with the tutors online in the two modes of delivery. We were also interested in how students performed academically in these distinct settings. We used data from the Learning Management System and the students’ final mark to helps us draw some conclusions. We analyzed the data using Social Network Analysis and further Statistical Analysis. We found that there is a statistically significant difference in the amount of posts sent and received by individual students and their final marks between the intensive and traditional mode of delivery. We also found differences in both the type and the quality of interactions. This is an important finding as one of the biggest challenges that academics face when they design for intensive delivery is to decide whether online activities that require time and effort on the part of the students actually work and even more importantly if they support their academic performance. The presentation will conclude with an honest discussion about the complexity of the tasks and the scalability for bigger cohorts of students. 

LA-EDS Panos Vlachopoulos.pngDr Panos Vlachopoulos is Senior Lecturer in Higher Education Development and the Acting Associate Dean Learning and Teaching at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Macquarie University. He has been actively researching online interactions and online facilitation for over a decade in diverse contexts such as Universities in the UK, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Australia. Since his arrival in Australia , he collaborated with Professor Lori Lockyer  in  a Teaching Delivery Grant that aimed to explore the use of Learning Analytics in informing Learning Design at Macquarie University. Panos has also published in areas of reflective practice and professional development. 

Video recording

Presentation slides



If you would like to join this research group or would like more information please contact Lorenzo Vigentini l.vigentini@unsw.edu.au

Event Details
Staff & Students Only Event open only to UNSW Staff & Students
40 Seats available


Room 1025, Level 10, Library Tower

Key Contact
Lorenzo Vigentini