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My Space in College: Students Use of Virtual Communities to Define their Fit in Higher Education PROCEEDINGS

, Iowa State University, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in San Antonio, Texas, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-61-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

This poster presentation is based upon a qualitative study that examined the use of a virtual community environment (orkut.com) to assist first year college students' social and academic transitions to a large university. The primary aim of the research was to examine the ease with which the participants adapted emerging communications technologies to help establish and maintain connections within the university community. The poster presentation will highlight how online communities such as orkut.com, myspace.com and facebook.com can naturally extend and personalize learning beyond the confines of the traditional classroom.

Citation

Heer, R. (2007). My Space in College: Students Use of Virtual Communities to Define their Fit in Higher Education. In R. Carlsen, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2007--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2357-2363). San Antonio, Texas, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved November 14, 2018 from .

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