Ferreira-Santiago Ángel; Yáñez-Márquez Cornelio; López-Yáñez Itzamá; Camacho-Nieto Oscar; Aldape-Pérez Mario; Argüelles-Cruz Amadeo-José
International Journal of Engineering Education, 32, 4, 1566-1578. ISSN 0949-149X/91
Publication year: 2016

Abstract

In recent years the world has been a witness to a brutal onslaught of emergent technologies. As such it is not surprising that social networking has permeated through practically every human activity with amazing speed. Educational systems have not lagged behind; and not only is that true, but it is also evident that social networks have ostensibly penetrated in engineering education. This relevant and irrefutable fact has generated the necessity of posing systematic research activities on a worldwide scale that are related to this topic. In this context the topic covered in this paper is Social Network Research related to Engineering Education. Specifically, our research concerns the way or ways in which link prediction in social networks is able to improve teaching-learning processes in engineering education. A suitably natural environment for the application of such research is that of scholarly publications related to computer science, particularly networks. The results of our research are promising; they facilitate valuable information regarding the tendencies of the actors immersed in engineering education, be they students or faculty members.

Keywords

  • Engineering education;
  • Social networks;
  • Link prediction;
  • Computer science publications

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