Key-Roles in VLEs: A Metric Based on Social Network Analysis

  • Paola PasqualinoEmail author
  • Maria Assunta Barchiesi
  • Elisa Battistoni
  • Gianluca Murgia


In this paper we analyze an e-learning course for managerial education over 3 years making use of the social network analysis. Our aim is to represent the knowledge flows within a virtual learning environment and to identify some key-roles, previously highlighted by Cross and Prusak (2002) in organizational contexts. Our methodology shows the specific contribution brought by each actor to the knowledge development in a community, so it can support teachers in the development of their teaching strategies.


Social Network Analysis Discussion Forum Learning Network Knowledge Flow Informal Network 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paola Pasqualino
    • 1
    Email author
  • Maria Assunta Barchiesi
    • 1
  • Elisa Battistoni
    • 1
  • Gianluca Murgia
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Enterprise Engineering“Tor Vergata” University of RomeRomeItaly
  2. 2.Department of Information EngineeringUniversity of SienaSienaItaly

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