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ERIC Number: EJ916452
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1096-7516
Academics Online: Their Interests and Foibles
Meyer, Katrina A.; McNeal, Larry
Internet and Higher Education, v14 n2 p113-120 Mar 2011
Faculty and staff are participating in blogs and online discussions in greater numbers, but this involvement is poorly understood. This study used content analysis to evaluate 40 online discussions hosted on "The Chronicle of Higher Education" website. The majority (n = 22) of discussions had as their main topics the personal and professional lives of faculty, 80% (n = 32) of the discussions did not last for more than one month, and 15% (n = 6) of the discussions experienced hijacking. Fifteen of the discussions (37.5%) had evidence of the "online disinhibition effect," with negative comments about authors, mild comments about other posters, and personal and rude comments about others in the discussion. (Contains 2 figures and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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