Using social network metrics to assess the effectiveness of broad based admission practices


  • Shane Dawson University of British Columbia
  • Leah Macfadyen University of British Columbia
  • Lori Lockyer University of Wollongong
  • David Mazzochi-Jones University of Wollongong



Notions of what it is to be knowledgeable and skilled in one's profession have evolved in recent decades. For instance, medical practitioners are expected to think critically and creatively, communicate effectively, and to be a professional and community leader. While these attributes have always been well regarded, it is only relatively recently that higher education institutions are actively incorporating these skills and attributes into student admissions criteria. In parallel, methods of instruction and course delivery have also changed over time with respect to these driving social paradigms. Today's medical schools are expected to both select and develop students in terms of these qualities through socially based pedagogical practices. This paper investigates the admissions criteria that best predict student engagement in a social learning environment and thus the related attributes such as communication, creativity, and leadership. The paper frames this investigation in the scholarship related to 21st century skills and achievement orientations.


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Author Biographies

Shane Dawson, University of British Columbia

Director ISIT, Faculty of Arts, University of British Columbia

Leah Macfadyen, University of British Columbia

Science Centre for Learning and Teaching, University of British Columbia

Lori Lockyer, University of Wollongong

Faculty of Education, University of Wollongong

David Mazzochi-Jones, University of Wollongong

Graduate School of Medicine, University of Wollongong




How to Cite

Dawson, S., Macfadyen, L., Lockyer, L., & Mazzochi-Jones, D. (2011). Using social network metrics to assess the effectiveness of broad based admission practices. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 27(1).

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