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Title:Creating and navigating social and classroom spaces with gravity
Author(s):Weidman, Jake; Kropczynski, Jessica
Subject(s):gravity
group structures
organization
classroom organization
algorithms
Abstract:Gravity is one the principle forces in the universe, its power always apparent, giving us three-dimensional creatures a constant sense of “up” and “down”. We propose the use of a metric for applying gravity, or similar “pulling” forces, to social environments by weighting and reordering set network structures where links cannot be added, but nodes may be rearranged. We begin by introducing gravity in social networks, describe previous web applications and uses, and then briefly experiment with the metric within a classroom setting. To that point, we describe and design requirements to effectively apply our metric to classrooms, as well as other social spaces. Finally, we assert that by flavoring network structures with our so-called “gravity”, we make those structures inherently more navigable in terms of personality similarity, and perhaps indirectly, communication and learning.
Issue Date:2016-03-15
Publisher:iSchools
Citation Info:NA
Series/Report:IConference 2016 Proceedings
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/89322
DOI:10.9776/16153
Rights Information:Copyright 2016 is held by the authors. Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the authors.
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-03-08


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