What is the source of social capital? the association between social network position and social presence in Communities of Inquiry

Vitomir Kovanovic, Srecko Joksimovic, Dragan Gasevic, Marek Hatala

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It is widely accepted that the social capital of students - developed through their participation in learning communities - has a significant impact on many aspects of the students' learning outcomes, such as academic performance, persistence, retention, program satisfaction and sense of community. However, the underlying social processes that contribute to the development of social capital are not well understood. By using the well-known Community of Inquiry (CoI) model of distance and online education, we looked into the nature of the underlying social processes, and how they relate to the development of the students' social capital. The results of our study indicate that the affective, cohesive and interactive facets of social presence significantly predict the network centrality measures commonly used for measurement of social capital.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEDM 2014 Extended Proceedings
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the Workshops held at Educational Data Mining 2014, co-located with 7th International Conference on Educational Data Mining (EDM 2014)
EditorsSergio Gutierrez-santos, Olga C. Santos
Place of PublicationGermany
PublisherRheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventWorkshop on Graph-based Educational Data Mining 2014 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 Jul 20144 Jul 2014

Publication series

NameCEUR Workshop Proceedings
PublisherRheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen
ISSN (Print)1613-0073


WorkshopWorkshop on Graph-based Educational Data Mining 2014
Abbreviated titleG-EDM 2014
CountryUnited Kingdom
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  • Community of Inquiry
  • Social network analysis
  • Social presence

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