Research on Mobiles and Social Networking

7 09 2006

From the fantastic Mobile Life blog, a couple of reports on mobile phone use.  In particular, Nicky Shaw’s presentation on “Mobile Phone Use – a Social Network Perspective” may be of interest to educators:

“This presentation describes an investigation of student networks in
first year management and medical students for peer-learning and
socialisation. The use of different communication media (from face to
face, to internet live web-chats) is contrasted.”

Social interactions are examined via cumulative statistics as well as directed graphs to model interactions in various learning modes (providing useful visual comparisons between face-to-face and mobile learning, for example).

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