Crowd-Sourced Wisdom for International Students: Differences Between Academic and Non-Academic Social Q&A
Hon Jie Teo, Fangyang Shen, New York City College of Technology, United States
SITE Interactive Conference, in Online, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-58-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
This study examines the features of the most popular topics in a widely used social question and answer community (SQAC) by Chinese international students. As an open and accessible source of information and crowdsourced wisdom for international students seeking to study in the United States, this form of educational technology empowers students by allowing them to discover best practices and develop lasting social connections. Through the content analysis approach, we found that 58.0% of the top 200 questions were of an Academic nature, and 42.0% were not. The analysis of 25 features across Imagery, Digital Resources, Textual, English Language and Social features reveal statistical differences in the use of book cover images, italic text and internal web links across non-academic and academic topics. This research contributes to an increasing understanding of the differences in features of topics developed by Chinese international students, who enable the success of their peers and empower them by sharing their knowledge and lived experience.
Teo, H.J. & Shen, F. (2021). Crowd-Sourced Wisdom for International Students: Differences Between Academic and Non-Academic Social Q&A. In E. Langran & D. Rutledge (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE Interactive Conference (pp. 53-58). Online, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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