Co-operative Networks and their Influence on Engagement: A Study with Students of a Degree in Nursing

  • Pilar Marqués-Sánchez
  • Javier Alfonso-Cendón
  • Mª Elena Fernández-Martínez
  • Arrate Pinto-Carral
  • Cristina Liébana-Presa
  • Miguel Ángel Conde
  • Francisco José García-Peñalvo
Education & Training
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. New Trends in Computer Applications in Health Sciences (TEEM 2015)


At present, the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) emphasizes the importance of collaborative learning in University education. Previous studies have found evidence to support collaborative activities; however, none have analyzed the influence of contact networks among students on their engagement and performance. This paper reports an intervention with nursing degree students aimed at facilitating an interdependent network to promote engagement and improve academic performance. The intervention was based on recording a video during a case study. The variables analyzed were network centrality, engagement and performance. The UCINET program was used to analyse social networks. The results showed a more cohesive network after the intervention and a high level of academic performance. The use of contact networks among students could be used as an academic strategy to build bridges between students in the classroom and even between these and students in other classrooms or centres.


Co-operative networks Engagement Nursing students Teaching methods 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pilar Marqués-Sánchez
    • 1
  • Javier Alfonso-Cendón
    • 2
  • Mª Elena Fernández-Martínez
    • 1
  • Arrate Pinto-Carral
    • 1
  • Cristina Liébana-Presa
    • 1
  • Miguel Ángel Conde
    • 2
  • Francisco José García-Peñalvo
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Nursing and Physiotherapy, SALBIS Research GroupUniversity of LeonLeonSpain
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical, Computing and Aerospace EngineeringUniversity of LeonLeonSpain
  3. 3.Department of Computing and AutomationUniversity of SalamancaSalamancaSpain

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