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An Analysis of Online Classes Tweets Using Gephi: Inputs for Online Learning

Joje Mar P. Sanchez, Blanca A. Alejandro, Michelle Mae J. Olvido, and Isidro Max V. Alejandro

Abstract—The conduct of online classes has emerged as one of the major changes in the educational landscape at the onset of COVID-19. Its implementation has been met by varying reactions that have become evident in social media, particularly on Twitter. This paper analyzed #onlineclasses tweets of Filipino users using network analysis through Gephi and NodeXL software. The resulting network has 2,278 users and 998 interactions with many groups of small interactions among users, and low clustering coefficient and modularity values. The users in the top 8 communities in the network talk about the challenges brought about by online classes and the opportunities that online networks offer. Hence, the network of #OnlineClasses tweets can be described as a community cluster. Smaller groups of users who engaged in aspects of online classes emerge in the network, signifying that Filipinos have differing points of view about the topic. Sentiment sharing through social networks provides an avenue for sharing challenges and building communities that help address challenges for online learning in the pandemic.

Index Terms—Online classes, tweets, network analysis, Gephi, online learning.

J. M. Sanchez and M. M. Olvido are with the Professional Education Department, College of Teacher Education, Cebu Normal University, Cebu City, 6000, Philippines (e-mail: sanchezj@cnu.edu.ph, olvidom@cnu.edu.ph).
B. Alejandro is with the Integrated Laboratory School, College of Teacher Education, Cebu Normal University, Cebu City, 6000, Philippines (e-mail: alejandrob@cnu.edu.ph).
I. M. Alejandro is with the College of Teacher Education, and Center for Innovative Flexible Learning, Cebu Normal University, Cebu City, 6000, Philippines (e-mail: alejandroi@cnu.edu.ph).

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General Information

  • ISSN: 2010-3689 (Online)
  • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Inf. Educ. Technol.
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • DOI: 10.18178/IJIET
  • Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Steve Thatcher
  • Executive Editor: Ms. Nancy Y. Liu
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