Using NodeXL in a class?

Coordinator
Jan 20, 2010 at 7:00 PM

If you are using NodeXL at a University or College, please let us know!  We are interested in collecting pointers to any class that is making use of the NodeXL add-in.

Thanks!

Marc

Jan 25, 2010 at 5:11 PM
Edited Jan 25, 2010 at 5:20 PM

This is the first semester that I will integrate NodeXL into my courses. It will be used in both my undergraduate and graduate level courses in Social Network Analysis. In the past I have resisted using network visualization and analysis tools in the class, largely because existing tools are sufficiently difficult to master that instruction about tools can overtake the course. However, NodeXL has proven to be the exception. NodeXL will be used to visualize on-the-fly as network concepts are introduced in the course. In addition, I have had the School's IT department develop a custom script for a class experiment that exports directly into NodeXL. The experiment is designed to replicate Stanley Milgram's small world experiment on the university campus. Each person in the folder chain completes an online survey that is dropped directly into NodeXL. The chain is then visualized in class as the experiment's folders make their way to their targets on campus. I expect that many of the students in my course will continue to use NodeXL over other possible applications, simply because of the integration into Excel. I have encouraged my School's lab to include more PCs with the latest version of Microsoft Office, and suggested the students upgrade to the same. Thank you NodeXL!

 

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Keith N. Hampton

Assistant Professor

Annenberg School for Communication

University of Pennsylvania

  

 

 

 

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Keith N. Hampton

Assistant Professor

Annenberg School for Communication

University of Pennsylvania

3620 Walnut Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104

Jan 25, 2010 at 10:41 PM

I have been using NodeXL in my technology policy research to map the social graph of lobbying at the Federal Communications Commission. It has helped me to analyze and to communicate the way in which policy is made, and has generated interest in Washington DC.

 

NodeXL is a wonderful tool: it has long and growing list of useful functions, and it’s integration with Excel means that I can use VBA to pre- and post-process social graph data. I am also endless impressed with the talent, enthusiasm and responsiveness of the development team.

 

And last but perhaps not least – if it hadn’t been for NodeXL, I would not have upgraded to Office 2007.

Pierre de Vries
Research Fellow, Economic Policy Research Center, University of Washington