Forming Socio-intellectual Capital: The Case of LINKS
This chapter traces the formation of socio-intellectual value by the LINKS research center, which focuses on studying the co-creation of knowledge in spontaneous and designed learning environments, in the community at large and at educational facilities. By analyzing academic publications before and during LINKS activity using topic modeling, we identify evolving research areas. Topic modeling is a statistical algorithm which extracts the underlying thematic structure of a collection of documents, automatically identifying latent topical structures within the documents.
We received 447 articles published by 15 LINKS PIs from 2009 to 2016. The corpus for analysis consisted of the title, keywords, and abstracts of these articles. Three of the pre-LINKS topics persisted during LINKS were: Content Exchange, Gamification & Virtual Reality, and STEM Education. We observed a shift in focus from Curriculum Design, Online Communities, and Diversity Online pre-LINKS to Collaborative Learning, Learning Communities, and an increased interest in STEM Education thereafter.
KeywordsSocio-intellectual capital Co-creation of knowledge Spontaneous and designed learning environments Topic modeling Content exchange Gamification Virtual reality STEM education Collaborative learning Learning communities
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