We've used GUIDATA (Graphically Unwrapped Interaction Diagram Along the Time Axis) to display what it is that occurs in the LBD eClassroom. (http://www.learningbydoing.net/) The texture of the communication web is made apparent as it goes from flimsy to dense, describing the woven nature of the interactions. The data is simply who speaks, when and to whom, and it is broken down into minutes.
A sample 30 minute representation is shown here for an online class of 41 participants: Start of class was 7 pm. The students are assigned to a colored grouping in the LBD Main Room at the beginning of the semester (blue, green, purple and orange). After activities in the Main Room they go to their smaller breakout rooms for further activities and discussion (not shown here.) ---Mike Neubauer
This data in matrix form can then be input into Ucinet, exported to Pajek or Kinemage to make a 3D view of the participants and the web, they weave.
note that the largest circle is the group or polis which becomes the repository. The ChatCircles have now become elements of the greater web.
Lobel, M., Neubauer, M., & Swedburg, R. (2002). Elements of Group Interaction in a Real-Time Synchronous Online Learning-By-Doing Classroom Without F2F Participation. April 2002. USDLA Journal Available from http://www.usdla.org/html/journal/APR02_Issue/article01.html
Lobel, M., Neubauer, M., & Swedburg, R. (2002). The Teaching Moment: a learning metaphor. November 2002. USDLA Journal Available from http://www.usdla.org/html/journal/NOV02_Issue/article01.html
Lobel, M., Neubauer, M., & Swedburg, R. (2002). The eClassroom used as a Teacher’s Training Laboratory to Measure the Impact of Group Facilitation on Attending, Participation, Interaction, and Involvement. October 2002. IRRODL Available from http://www.irrodl.org/content/v3.2/lns.html
Neubauer, M., & Lobel, M. (2003). The Learningbydoing eClassroom©. July 2003, Learning Technology, publication of IEEE Computer Society, Learning Technology Task Force (LTTF) Available from http://lttf.ieee.org/learn_tech/issues/july2003/#8