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ERIC Number: EJ877910
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1042-1726
A Content Analysis of CESNET-L E-Mail Messages: Directions for Information Delivery in Higher Education
Neukrug, Ed; Cicchetti, Richard; Forman, Julia; Kyser, Nicole; McBride, Rebecca; Wisinger, Sharon
Journal of Computing in Higher Education, v22 n1 p60-72 Apr 2010
This study examined the content of email messages to the listserv "CESNET-L" in order to identify trends, common themes, and "hot topics;" to clarify its purpose; and to offer suggestions for the future of CESNET-L and similar email lists in higher education. CESNET-L is an unmoderated listserv mostly used by counselor educators and doctoral students in counselor education. This study examined all 9,197 email submissions between January, 2005 and December, 2008. Using an inductive approach, six researchers generated a list of 20 superordinate and 17 subordinate categories. After achieving high interrater agreement on a random sample of emails, two teams of two researchers found that the vast majority of the 9,197 emails were represented by the categories of Resource Request and Recommendations, Personal Communication, Program Development, and Employment Opportunities. It was also found that many of the categories were similar to categories in content analyses of other email lists that served faculty and related professionals. After examining the categories of the content analysis, a discussion is offered concerning whether the needs of faculty and others are best advanced through a listserv. The article concludes by making suggestions for the development of a designated website that could have multiple functions and increase the ease of knowledge and information sharing with faculty and related professionals.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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