Ben Kei Daniel

Ben Kei Daniel is a Research and Innovation Analyst, with the Joint Office of Health Research and Innovation at the University of Saskatchewan and Saskatoon Health Region—Saskatchewan, Canada. He is also a Lecturer, with the Department of Language and Linguistics, College of Arts and Sciences—University of Saskatchewan, where he lectures on Research Methods and Applied Statistics. Dr. Daniel obtained his joint PhD in Computer Science and Educational and Communication Technologies at the University of Saskatchewan. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed conference papers, over 8 international and national journal articles, and more than 11 book chapters all in various areas of Advanced Learning Technologies and Artificial Intelligence in Education. Dr. Daniel is the author of the book: Social Capital Modeling in Virtual Communities: Bayesian Belief Network Approaches. His current research focus on e-health and virtual communities and the process and nature of learning in virtual communities.

Publications

Analysis of Students’ Engagement and Activities in a Virtual Learning Community: A Social Network Methodology
Ben Daniel, Richard A. Schwier. © 2012. 21 pages.
With advances in communication technology and online pedagogy, virtual learning communities have become rich learning environments in which individuals construct...
Handbook of Research on Methods and Techniques for Studying Virtual Communities: Paradigms and Phenomena
Ben Kei Daniel. © 2011. 984 pages.
Over the last decade, virtual communities have evolved from massive experimental, educational, technological, business, and social environments to experiential and...
Introduction to this Volume
Ben K. Daniel. © 2011. 9 pages.
The growth of virtual communities and their continuous impact on social, economic and technological structures of societies has attracted a great deal of interest...
A Computational Model of Social Capital in Virtual Communities
Ben K. Daniel. © 2011. 13 pages.
This chapter presents a Bayesian Belief computational model of social capital (SC) developed within the context of virtual communities. The development of the...
Challenges of Analyzing Informal Virtual Communities
Nancy Poon, Ben K. Daniel. © 2011. 9 pages.
Drawing from previous research, this chapter presents major challenges associated with the analysis of interaction patterns in informal virtual communities. Using...
Did We Become a Community? Multiple Methods for Identifying Community and Its Constituent Elements in Formal Online Learning Environments
Richard A. Schwier, Ben Daniel. © 2010. 19 pages.
To understand the nature of formal virtual learningcommunities in higher education, we are employing a variety of user-centred evaluation approaches to...
A Bayesian Belief Network Methodology for Modeling Social Systems in Virtual Communities: Opportunities for Database Technologies
Ben K. Daniel, Juan-Diego Zapata-Rivera, Gordon I. McCalla. © 2010. 28 pages.
Bayesian Belief Networks (BBNs) are increasingly used for understanding and simulating computational models in many domains. Though BBN techniques are elegant ways...
Analysis of Students’ Engagement and Activities in a Virtual Learning Community: A Social Network Methodology
Ben Daniel, Richard A. Schwier. © 2010. 20 pages.
With advances in communication technology and online pedagogy, virtual learning communities have become rich learning environments in which individuals construct...
Social Capital Modeling in Virtual Communities: Bayesian Belief Network Approaches
Ben Daniel. © 2009. 284 pages.
Throughout history, the permeation of new technologies have assisted communities in their aim to collectively work together in addressing shared problems for the...
User-Centered Design Principles for Online Learning Communities: A Sociotechnical Approach for the Design of a Distributed Community of Practice
Ben K. Daniel, David O’Brien. © 2009. 13 pages.
This chapter examines current research on online learning communities (OLCs), with the aim of identifying user-centered design (UCD) principles critical to the...
The Roots of Communities and Social Capital
Ben Kei Daniel. © 2009. 17 pages.
Communities are important social systems accountable for sustainability and continuity of humanity. They provide a variety of support to their members, ranging...
Conceptual and Theoretical Foundations of Social Capital
Ben Kei Daniel. © 2009. 25 pages.
Social capital is a complex multifaceted and litigious theory, discussed in the Social Sciences and the Humanities. It is a theory increasingly researchers...
Social Capital Use-Case Application Areas
Ben Kei Daniel. © 2009. 15 pages.
Despite lack of meticulousness, social capital continues to occupy a central position in many discussions about community, trust and social networks. The...
Approaches for Measuring Social Capital
Ben Kei Daniel. © 2009. 17 pages.
While it is possible to measure how much an economic capital is worth, at least in terms of monetary value, through the use of sophisticated econometric tools...
Trust and Social Capital
Ben Kei Daniel. © 2009. 17 pages.
Regardless of any approach taken for examining social capital, researchers continuously converge on some key issues such as trust and yet diverge on several others...
Social Computing and Social Software
Ben Kei Daniel. © 2009. 29 pages.
The World Wide Web is one of the most profound technological inventions of our time and is the core to the development of social computing. The initial purpose of...
Virtual Communities
Ben Kei Daniel. © 2009. 34 pages.
The growth of virtual communities and their continuous impact on social, economic and technological structures of societies has attracted a great deal of interest...
Knowledge and Knowledge Sharing in Virtual Communities
Ben Kei Daniel. © 2009. 12 pages.
Knowledge management and knowledge sharing are topics best addressed in a different book. This Chapter is intentionally introduced in the book to introduce the...
Foundations of Social Modeling
Ben Kei Daniel. © 2009. 13 pages.
A model is an abstract representation of reality. It can be an object, a system or an idea. In general terms, one could say that a model is a simplification of...
Overview of Bayesian Belief Network
Ben Kei Daniel. © 2009. 13 pages.
Statistical and probability inferences are basically dependent on two major methods of reasoning, conventional (frequentist) and Bayesian probability....
Construction of Bayesian Models
Ben Kei Daniel. © 2009. 12 pages.
Bayesian Belief Networks (BBNs) are increasingly used for understanding different problems in many domains. Though BBN techniques are elegant ways of capturing...
A Computational Model of Social Capital
Ben Kei Daniel. © 2009.
This Chapter presents the Bayesian Belief computational model of social capital developed within the context of virtual communities discussed in Chapter 7. The...
Sensitivity Analysis
Ben Kei Daniel. © 2009. 5 pages.
Sensitivity analysis is a mathematical technique for investigating the effects of inaccuracies in the parameters of a mathematical model. It analyses how variation...
Model Validation
Ben Kei Daniel. © 2009. 11 pages.
Though computational models take a lot of effort to build, a model is generally not useful unless it can help people to understand the world being modelled, or the...
Conclusions, Book Limitations and Future Directions
Ben Kei Daniel. © 2009. 10 pages.
Social capital in virtual communities offers a useful conceptual and practical tool to help us gain insights into the way people interact with each other, share...
User-Centered Design Principles for Online Learning Communities: A Sociotechnical Approach for the Design of a Distributed Community of Practice
Ben K. Daniel, David O’Brien, Asit Sarkar. © 2009. 13 pages.
This chapter aims to introduce user-centered design and its basic concepts associated with online learning communities. Another aim is to search for guidelines to...
User-Centered Design Principles for Online Learning Communities: A Sociotechnical Approach for the Design of a Distributed Community of Practice
Ben K. Daniel, David O’Brien, Asit Sarkar. © 2008. 13 pages.
This chapter examines current research on online learning communities (OLCs), with aim of identifying User-Centred Design (UCD) principles critical to the...
A Bayesian Belief Network Approach for Modeling Complex Domains
Ben K. Daniel, Juan-Diego Zapata-Rivera, Gordon I. McCalla. © 2007. 29 pages.
Bayesian belief networks (BBNs) are increasingly used for understanding and simulating computational models in many domains. Though BBN techniques are elegant ways...
Did We Become a Community? Multiple Methods for Identifying Community and Its Constituent Elements in Formal Online Learning Environments
Richard A. Schwier, Ben K. Daniel. © 2007. 25 pages.
To understand the nature of formal virtual learning communities in higher education, we are employing a variety of user-centred evaluation approaches to examine...
User-Centered Design Principles for Online Learning Communities: A Sociotechnical Approach for the Design of a Distributed Community of Practice
Ben K. Daniel, David O’Brien, Asit Sarkar. © 2007. 17 pages.
This chapter examines current research on online learning communities (OLCs), with aim of identifying User-Centred Design (UCD) principles critical to the...