NORSLIS 2010 - PhD Research Social Networks in a Learning Experience

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PhD research project (information behavior version) as presented in NORSLIS 2010, November 2010 in Riga, Latvia.

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NORSLIS 2010 - PhD Research Social Networks in a Learning Experience

  1. 1. By Juan Machin Tallinn University Institute of Information Studies 2010 This research was supported by European Social Fund’s Doctoral Studies and Internationalisation Programme DoRa
  2. 2. <ul><li>Learning </li></ul>Social Networks Information Behavior Information Literacy
  3. 3. <ul><li>High acceptance; versatility; many purposes; ease of use </li></ul><ul><li>Know how to use them for learning and professional purposes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A nalyzing users’ information behavior </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Users’ information and digital literacies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Within a learning environment. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Study how social networks can be used in learning environments and how students’ information behavior and information literacies are challenged in such environment. Determine how users experience learning social networking tools and how their information behavior and literacies influence this experience.
  5. 5. <ul><li>What are the most important issues of web 2.0 and social networks faced by users within a learning environment? </li></ul><ul><li>How do users’ literacies influence information behavior? </li></ul><ul><li>Are they determined by aspects such as culture, level of specialization, gender or profession? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the challenges and opportunities of using social networks in higher education instruction related to information behavior and literacy? </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Action research perspective </li></ul><ul><li>Development of learning interventions (two courses, same group, at TLU, 6-10 h.) </li></ul><ul><li>Qualitative/Quantitative? </li></ul><ul><li>Data collection: observation, interviews, surveys, focus groups? </li></ul><ul><li>Data analysis: TBD… </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>The pilot study will determine what to change or improve on the methodology. </li></ul><ul><li>The learning happening with the interventions will be somehow fuzzy. </li></ul><ul><li>Perhaps not all the objectives of the courses will be met, but other skills can develop. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Bawden, D., & Robinson, L. (2009). The dark side of information: overload, anxiety and other paradoxes and pathologies. Journal of Information Science, 35(2), 180-191. </li></ul><ul><li>Case, D. (2007). Looking for information: a survey of research on information seeking, needs and behavior. (2nd ed.). Amsterdam: Academic Press. </li></ul><ul><li>Hersberger, J. A., Murray, A. L., & Rioux, K. S. (2007). Examining information exchange and virtual communities: an emergent framework. Online Information Review, 31(2), 135-147. </li></ul><ul><li>Pettigrew, K.E., Fidel, R. & Bruce, H. (2001). Conceptual frameworks in information behavior. Annual Review of Information Science and Technology, 35, 43-78. </li></ul><ul><li>Savolainen, R. (2008). Everyday information practices: a social phenomenological perspective. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press. </li></ul><ul><li>Schultz-Jones, B. (2009). Examining information behavior through social networks. Journal of Documentation, 65(4), 592-631. </li></ul><ul><li>Wilson, T. (2000). Human information behavior. Informing Science, 3(2), 49-55. </li></ul><ul><li>Wilson, T. (2008). The information user: past, present and future. Journal of Information Science, 34(4), 457-464. </li></ul>

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