Online social network contacts as information repositories

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/11285/611379
Title:
Online social network contacts as information repositories
Authors:
Valerio Ureña, Gabriel ( 0000-0002-4446-6801 ) ; Valenzuela González, Jaime R. ( 0000-0003-3999-501X )
Issue Date:
15/01/2011
Discipline:
Ciencias Sociales / Social Sciences
Abstract:
Abstract Social networks have existed since ancient times. With advances in technology, they have evolved into modern online social networks. The explosion of online social networks has had a big impact on society in general and on education in particular. Most university students are now members of social networking sites and spend several hours a week online. Some sections of society, such as parents and teachers, are worried about the effect that this may have on students’ academic work and personal lives. However, according to George Siemens’ connectivism theory, online social network contacts represent a potential and valuable source of information. This study seeks to identify the factors that influence whether a contact on an online social network becomes a source of information in a learning initiative. The research* uses a qualitative approach, and was carried out in a private higher education institution on a group of 21 graduates who had recently finished the same course, and on 13 university lecturers. The results show that the factors affecting whether online social network contacts become sources of information are: knowing about the contact; knowing what the contact knows; social closeness; the contact has a certain standing; knowing the contact in person, and; the contact is accessible.
Keywords:
Online social networks; E-learning 2.0; Virtual ethnography; Information repositories
Additional Links:
http://rusc.uoc.edu/index.php/rusc/article/view/v8n1-valerio-valenzuela/v8n1-valeriovalenzuela-eng
Type:
Artículo / Article
Appears in Collections:
Artículos de Revistas

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dc.contributor.authorValerio Ureña, Gabrielen
dc.contributor.authorValenzuela González, Jaime R.en
dc.date.accessioned2016-06-01T13:01:25Z-
dc.date.available2016-06-01T13:01:25Z-
dc.date.issued15/01/2011-
dc.identifier.issn1698-580X-
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.7238/rusc.v8i1.948-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11285/611379-
dc.description.abstractAbstract Social networks have existed since ancient times. With advances in technology, they have evolved into modern online social networks. The explosion of online social networks has had a big impact on society in general and on education in particular. Most university students are now members of social networking sites and spend several hours a week online. Some sections of society, such as parents and teachers, are worried about the effect that this may have on students’ academic work and personal lives. However, according to George Siemens’ connectivism theory, online social network contacts represent a potential and valuable source of information. This study seeks to identify the factors that influence whether a contact on an online social network becomes a source of information in a learning initiative. The research* uses a qualitative approach, and was carried out in a private higher education institution on a group of 21 graduates who had recently finished the same course, and on 13 university lecturers. The results show that the factors affecting whether online social network contacts become sources of information are: knowing about the contact; knowing what the contact knows; social closeness; the contact has a certain standing; knowing the contact in person, and; the contact is accessible.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesVol.  8en
dc.relation.ispartofseriesNo 1en
dc.relation.urlhttp://rusc.uoc.edu/index.php/rusc/article/view/v8n1-valerio-valenzuela/v8n1-valeriovalenzuela-engen
dc.rightsOpen Access-
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/*
dc.titleOnline social network contacts as information repositoriesen
dc.typeArtículo / Articleen
dc.contributor.departmentTecnologico de Monterreyen
dc.rights.holderThe Author(s)-
dc.date.updated2016-06-01T12:20:11Z-
dc.subject.keywordOnline social networksen
dc.subject.keywordE-learning 2.0en
dc.subject.keywordVirtual ethnographyen
dc.subject.keywordInformation repositoriesen
dc.subject.disciplineCiencias Sociales / Social Sciences-
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