How Italian PhD students reap thebenefits of institutional resourcesand digital services in the open Web  Antonella Esposi...
BACKGROUND
Empirical settings of the e-survey Università degli Studi di Milano About 1.400 PhD studentsUniversità degliStudi Milano-B...
Summary of responses                 Defined threshold: 10%        N = 3000 Reached threshold: 20%                 Respons...
Demographics of the respondents89% Italian students89% awardedscholarshipsEqually distributedalong 3 years                ...
Prevalent mode of studyHow? Mainlyin ‘isolated mode’
Interactions with                            supervisors and                            forms of networkingOnly 6% states ...
Digital services provided by the institutionE-learning platforms: 1%E-portfolios: 1%Web 2.0 applications: 3%
Web 2.0 tools in everyday life
Tools for supporting PhD activites
Use of social media for individual activitiesLit Search activity is mostly carried out using social media.Social media are...
Academic presence online
Drivers in the adoption of social media
Inhibitors in the adoption of social media
Expectations towards future use of the social Web   High expectations on Updating potential   Very low expectations on imp...
ConclusionsPhD researchers self-select a few tools from the range ofoptions they usually adopt in they everyday life.Act...
Thank you very muchfor your kind attention!Twitter: @antoesp
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  1. 1. How Italian PhD students reap thebenefits of institutional resourcesand digital services in the open Web Antonella Esposito, Albert Sangrà, Marcelo Maina UOC - Open University of Catalonia INTED 2013, 4-6 March, Valencia
  2. 2. BACKGROUND
  3. 3. Empirical settings of the e-survey Università degli Studi di Milano About 1.400 PhD studentsUniversità degliStudi Milano-BicoccaAbout 600 PhDstudents Politecnico di Milano About 900 PhD students
  4. 4. Summary of responses Defined threshold: 10% N = 3000 Reached threshold: 20% Responses from about 20 subject areas Started Completed Potential questionnaires questionnaires intervieweesTotal 624 483 123University % respondents N° respondentsMilan >18% 258Milano-Bicocca 32% 193Politecnico 20% 173
  5. 5. Demographics of the respondents89% Italian students89% awardedscholarshipsEqually distributedalong 3 years 12% (31-35) and 6% >35 include non traditional PhD students
  6. 6. Prevalent mode of studyHow? Mainlyin ‘isolated mode’
  7. 7. Interactions with supervisors and forms of networkingOnly 6% states to use theopen Web for networkingactivity
  8. 8. Digital services provided by the institutionE-learning platforms: 1%E-portfolios: 1%Web 2.0 applications: 3%
  9. 9. Web 2.0 tools in everyday life
  10. 10. Tools for supporting PhD activites
  11. 11. Use of social media for individual activitiesLit Search activity is mostly carried out using social media.Social media are not currently used to practice academic writing.
  12. 12. Academic presence online
  13. 13. Drivers in the adoption of social media
  14. 14. Inhibitors in the adoption of social media
  15. 15. Expectations towards future use of the social Web High expectations on Updating potential Very low expectations on improving Critical discussion
  16. 16. ConclusionsPhD researchers self-select a few tools from the range ofoptions they usually adopt in they everyday life.Actual use: Early exploration and specific Lit Searches.High Expectations related to Updating area of application.Main Driver: Occasional, practical needs related to their ownresearch.Main Inhibitors: Lack of awareness and training.Tactic, not strategic approach: cautious and tentativeadoption of Web 2.0 tools for research purposes.Social Web to efficiently support existing practices rather than as a venue where experimenting new practices.
  17. 17. Thank you very muchfor your kind attention!Twitter: @antoesp
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