Research Design and Methods


Books

Daniel, B.K. (2011). Handbook of research on methods and techniques for studying virtual communities: Paradigms and phenomena. Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference, IGI-Global. Brochure available from http://resources.igi-global.com/marketing/pdfs/danielbrochure.pdf.

Daniel, B.K. (2009). Social capital modeling in virtual communities: Bayesian belief network approaches. Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference. Brochure available from http://www.igi-global.com/downloads/pdf/34257.pdf .


Book Chapters

Schwier, R.A., & Daniel, B.K. (2007). Did we become a community? Multiple methods for identifying community and its constituent elements in formal online learning environments.  In N. Lambropoulos, & P. Zaphiris (Eds.), User- evaluation and online communities  (pp. 29-53). Hershey, PA: Idea Group Publishing. | abstract

Papers in Refereed Journals

Daniel, B., & Schwier, R.A. (2010).   Employing social network techniques to understand community engagement in a formal virtual learning community. International Journal of Virtual Communities and Social Networking, 2(4), 33-52.

Daniel, B., McCalla, G., & Schwier, R.A. (2008). Social network analysis techniques: Implications for information knowledge sharing in virtual learning communities. International Journal of Advanced Media and Communication, 2(1), 20-34. | full text

Schwier, R.A. (2006).  Commentary on a review of e-learning in Canada: A rough sketch of the evidence, gaps and promising directions. Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, 32(3), 71-84. | full text

Schwier, R.A. (2001). Catalysts, emphases and elements of virtual learning communities: Implications for research and practice. The Quarterly Review of Distance Education, 2(1), 5-18. | full text

Refereed Conference Papers


Daniel, B.K. McCalla, G.I. & Schwier, R.A. (2007).) Bayesian Belief Network approach for analysis of intercultural collaboration in virtual communities using social capital theory (pp. 291-305). In T. Ishida, S.R. Fussell, & P.T.J.M. Vossen, (Eds.). Intercultural collaboration I: Lecture notes in computer science. New York: Springer-Verlag. Paper presented at The First International Workshop on 
Intercultural Collaboration:
IWIC2007, Kyoto, Japan. | full text

Schwier, R.A., & Daniel, B.K. (2007, March). Methods for deconstructing and reconstructing community in virtual learning environments. Seventh Annual Instructional Systems Technology Conference. Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. | slide presentation

Schwier, R.A. & Daniel, B.K. (2006). Aggregated approaches to identifying community and its constituent elements in formal blended learning environments. In M. Simonson & M. Crawford (Eds.), Proceedings of selected research and development papers from the Annual Conference of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (pp. 397-406). Dallas, TX: AECT . | full text

Daniel, B., Zapata-Rivera, J.D., Schwier, R., & McCalla, G., &. (2006). Bayesian belief network models of trust and social capital for social software systems design. Reinventing trust, collaboration and compliance in social systems.  A workshop exploring novel insights and solutions for social systems design.  CHI 2006, Montreal, April 24. | full text

Daniel, B.K., McCalla, G.I., & Schwier, R.A. (2006, November). Social network analysis techniques: Implications for information and knowledge sharing in virtual learning communities. Proceedings of LORNET 2006, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. | full text

Daniel, B.K., McCalla, G., & Schwier, R.A. (2006, November). Mining soft data to understand the process of information and knowledge sharing in virtual learning communities. Poster session at LORNET 06, Montreal, PQ. | slide presentation

Schwier, R.A. & Daniel, B.K. (2006, October). Aggregated approaches to identifying community and its constituent elements in formal blended learning environments. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association  for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), Dallas, TX. | slideshow presentation

Daniel, B., McCalla, G., & Schwier, R.A. (2005, November). Bayesian Model of Social Capital in Virtual Learning Communities: Process, Procedures and Challenges. LORNET Conference, Vancouver, BC, November 18, 2005. | slide presentation

Daniel, B.K., McCalla, G.I., & Schwier, R.A. (2005). Data mining and modeling social capital in virtual learning communities. The proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education, Amsterdam, 18-22 July. pp. 2003-2008. | full text

Daniel, B, McCalla, G., & Schwier, R.A. (2004). Virtual Communities: Directions for Learning, Technology, and Research in Distance Education. Annual conference of the Canadian Association for Distance Education, Toronto, ON, May 31.


Invited Presentations

Schwier, R.A. (2011, February). Methods for identifying and analysing learning communities. Higher Education and Development Centre, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. | slide presentation.

McCalla, G, Greer, J., Kanuka, H., & Schwier, R.A. (2007, November). Moving e-learning research from the lab into the classroom. Third Annual Technology Forum, University of Saskatchewan.

Schwier, R.A. (2007, September). Overview of research from the Virtual Learning Communities Research Laboratory. College of Education Homecoming research presentation, University of Saskatchewan.

Schwier, R.A., Daniel, B.K., & Ross, H.M. (2007, September). VLC Research Lab: Core research activities and directions. University of Saskatchewan & College of Education homecoming poster session.

Schwier, R.A., & Daniel, B.K. (2006, November). Blended methods for measuring and modeling community in formal online learning environments. Department of Curriculum Studies Mini-Conference. | slide presentation

Schwier, R.A. (2005, September). Going full circle: Approaches to investigating the characteristics of community in blended formal learning environments. Conference on Sustaining Distributed Communities of Practice through Socio-Technical Integration, Saskatoon, September 15, 2005. | slide presentation

Schwier, R. (2004). Virtual learning communities research. Festival of Research, College of Education, University of Saskatchewan. Poster session, October 22, 2004.