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Kang, Ruogu – ProQuest LLC, 2015
The online communication landscape has changed significantly from the early days of the Internet. In most developed countries, people are constantly connected through the Internet to almost everyone else in their lives, everywhere they go. The Internet makes their lives more convenient, but unintentional exposure of personal information to…
Descriptors: Internet, Privacy, Information Management, Censorship
Zhao, Haifeng – ProQuest LLC, 2013
Social media provide a multitude of opportunities for knowledge contribution and sharing. However, the content reliability issue has caused comprehensive attention, especially on credible social media, such as Wikipedia. Despite Wikipedia's success with the open editing model, dissenting voices give rise to unreliable content due to two…
Descriptors: Conflict, Vandalism, Knowledge Representation, Cooperation
Belamaric Wilsey, Biljana – ProQuest LLC, 2013
Studies of informal language learning and self-instruction with online materials have recently come into prominence. However, those studies are predominantly focused on more commonly taught languages and there is a gap in the literature on less commonly taught languages (LCTL), precisely the languages that are often studied outside of formal…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Informal Education, Independent Study, Slavic Languages
Kuhns, Kelly A. Kratzer – ProQuest LLC, 2012
Since the creation of the Internet in 1991 (Casey, 2008), the use of online tools to deliver academic higher education has continued to grow exponentially (Allen & Seaman, 2010b). The existing base of literature is replete with studies of online education modalities, outcomes and faculty concerns. However, little of this research has focused…
Descriptors: Web 2.0 Technologies, Nursing Students, Nursing Education, Internet
Munson, Sean A. – ProQuest LLC, 2012
The Internet gives individuals more choice in political news and information sources and more tools to filter out disagreeable information. Citing the preference described by selective exposure theory--that people see and attend to information that supports their beliefs and avoid counter-attitudinal information--observers warn that people may use…
Descriptors: Public Opinion, Political Attitudes, Internet, Information Sources
Alexander, Rodney T. – ProQuest LLC, 2012
Teenage Internet users are the fastest growing segment in the Internet user population. These teenagers are at risk of sexual assault from Internet predators. This phenomenological study explored teacher and counselors' perceptions of how to prevent this sexual assault. Twenty-five teacher and counselor participants were interviewed. A…
Descriptors: Adolescents, At Risk Persons, Internet, Safety
Keegan, Brian C. – ProQuest LLC, 2012
When major news breaks in our hyper-connected society, we increasingly turn to an encyclopedia for the latest information. Wikipedia's coverage of breaking news events attracts unique levels of attention; the articles with the most page views, edits, and contributors in any given month since 2003 are related to current events. Extant…
Descriptors: Encyclopedias, Web Sites, Electronic Publishing, Collaborative Writing
Brinkman-Kealey, Renee – ProQuest LLC, 2012
Individuals and societies have traditionally sought answers to important questions in life through religion. In the 21st century, physical churches with clergy are no longer the sole source of spiritual answers or knowledge. Since the late 1960s, church attendance has been declining. Church leaders have begun to implement new methods such as using…
Descriptors: Churches, Immigrants, Cooperative Learning, Web Sites
Land, Jennifer Kathleen Mathews – ProQuest LLC, 2012
Genealogists are a community of practice (CoP) that has largely embraced the Internet as a research tool. Genealogists' use of the Internet was investigated using a case study of users of Ancestry.com, a subscription-based online genealogical resource. Data were collected using an online survey, allowing information and communication…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Genealogy, Web Sites, Internet
Drake, Jeffrey P. – ProQuest LLC, 2012
The Internet has revolutionized the way we live, the way we learn, and the way we discern public issues. Put simply, a new public square has developed online. Social studies teachers, as social educators, should be well suited to fuse technology and classroom discussions about civic issues. Many argue the social studies classroom remains the most…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Internet, Citizenship Education, Communication Skills
Wiggins, Andrea – ProQuest LLC, 2012
Citizen science projects involve the public with scientists in collaborative research. Information and communication technologies for citizen science can enable massive virtual collaborations based on voluntary contributions by diverse participants. As the popularity of citizen science increases, scientists need a more thorough understanding of…
Descriptors: Scientific Research, Citizen Participation, Observation, Ecology
Li, Pu – ProQuest LLC, 2012
This dissertation aims to investigate how advanced information technologies cope with the various demands of disaster response. It consists of three essays on the exploration of micro-blogging and FOSS environments. The first essay looks at the usage of micro-blogging in the aftermath of the massive 2008 China earthquake and explores the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Risk Management, Cooperation, News Reporting
Paraiso, Johnna – ProQuest LLC, 2012
The role of the ESL teacher is that of both educator and advocate. Frequently ESL teachers work with a population that presents complex challenges to the school culture at large. The distribution of the ELL population within a school system may require the ESL teacher to fulfill responsibilities at multiple schools, thus maintaining an itinerant…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Language Teachers, Social Networks, Web Sites
Morris, Jill – ProQuest LLC, 2011
As the culmination of a two-year long Internet ethnographic study of three separate sites, I use examples of women and minorities fighting against discrimination online to explore the power structures inherent to networks and how these might affect classroom practice. I will show how our ordinary assumptions in rhetoric and composition as well as…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Females, Ethnography, Internet
Yucel, Ibrahim – ProQuest LLC, 2011
Blogs, specifically special-interest blogs, generate in-depth discussions. These discussions offer a new window for researching emerging trends in both consumer behavior and social-political attitudes. Many people try to influence these discussions and trends via participation, but making an impact is not guaranteed. Not all comments have the same…
Descriptors: Web Sites, Electronic Publishing, Political Attitudes, Consumer Economics
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