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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
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
Oh, Jeong Ha – ProQuest LLC, 2010
Models of user generated content (UGC) creation such as Facebook, MySpace, and YouTube are facing robust growth accelerated by the adoption of Web 2.0 technologies and standards. These business models offer a fascinating avenue for exploring the role of social influence online. This dissertation is motivated by the success of YouTube, which is…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Social Influences, Access to Information, Social Networks
Kramer-Duffield, Jacob – ProQuest LLC, 2010
Context: This dissertation examines beliefs and uses regarding tagging among current undergraduate students, and examines the ecology of communications practice and implications for formation and maintenance of identity within the population. Currently enrolled undergraduate students at UNC-Chapel Hill formed the population for examination. …
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Audiences, Interviews, Social Networks
Green, Mary Elizabeth – ProQuest LLC, 2009
The purpose of this study was to find out if students were utilizing Web 2.0 applications. Since the applications in question are often employed by the media industry, the study aspired to find out if students majoring in mass communication and journalism utilized the applications more often than other students. The "digital divide" is a term used…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Ethnicity, Journalism Education, Access to Computers
Huffaker, David A. – ProQuest LLC, 2009
The purpose of this dissertation is to examine the communication behaviors of online leaders, or those who influence other members of online communities in terms of triggering replies, sparking conversations and diffusing language. It also examines the influence of group attributes on leadership such as size and connectedness. It relies on roughly…
Descriptors: Discussion Groups, Social Influences, Social Networks, Leadership