Chapter 3 Applications and Examples I

Thank you all for doing the ABC—Ask a question, Brag about your understanding, and Connect with a peer’s idea—when annotating our readings! Below is a visualization of our interactions on Hypothesis in the past two weeks. It is slightly more complex than the one from last week, as I used a node-level measure named indegree to scale the size of nodes.

In Week 2, I challenged our community with the following goals:

  1. more colleagues will join the conversation, 2) there will be more back-and-forth dialogues (or increased reciprocity in SNA terms), and 3) we will have a denser network.

Based on what I see in this new network, I can claim with confidence we have more colleagues participating in our conversation on Hypothesis (from 7 to 10) and higher reciprocity (from 0.18 to 0.3). But because of the increase of participants, our network did not get denser (from 0.26 to 0.22). So I would like to congratulate on our progress and encourage you to interact even more with different colleagues in our community!

Cannot wait to make such a graph on your own? We will start exploring SNA data and tools very soon. But I see our current exploration of theories, contexts, and research questions even more critical than manipulating tools because tools are the easy part!

In this week, we will:

  • Examine some concrete examples of SNA research
  • ‘Present’ an example of your choice to the class
  • ‘Take’ ideas from each other to inform your project ideas

Pro Tip: You can adjust the speed of Youtube videos by clicking on the gear icon at the bottom of the video player. Note: Please refer to the Week 3 Activities page for deadlines.