study of college students’ use of Wikipedia for research

To read: article in First Monday on the results of a large-scale survey of college students’ Wikipedia use for course-related research. In a nutshell from a quick glance, it appears as though Wikipedia is a tool in students’ course research toolkit, but is used less frequently than sanctioned resources.


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Just the facts about youth victimization

Video of 2007 panel discussion on youth victimization online for the Internet Caucus Advisory Committee. Panel of researchers debunking fear myths. To use in class when discussing cyberbullying, perhaps. (via MistakenGoal)

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study on risks of adolescent weblogging

A recently published study uses a risk and resilience framework to examine adolescent weblog use. The authors found that “surprisingly” weblogs were used to support positive behaviors to a great extent. (Not entirely sure why surprising, except in response to pervasive fear of Internet.) Haven’t read yet, but encouraged to see research on blogging come from new venues (social work, in this case). (via @halavais)

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digital melting pot?

Writing in First Monday, Sharon Stoerger problematizes Prensky’s “digital natives/digital immigrants” metaphor (finally! thankfully!) and proposes a new metaphor for understanding the current generation of young people – the “digital melting pot.”

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Disconnected – “digital detox”

Disconnected, a documentary by Carleton College students that follows 3 students in their effort to go 3 weeks without computers (and smartphones, and other web-enabled devices?). Understanding the role of media and technology in our lives by going without. Reminds me of a “day without Facebook” exercise that I and several students did as part of an inquiry group, to try to understand the nature of our attachment. May use a version of this exercise in future freshman seminar (Technology and You).

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reconsidering methods in research on and about the Internet

Fascinating post by Christian Sandvig – Why the Internet is on the verge of blowing up all of our methods courses. Of particular interest is that it’s written from a quant perspective, while much of the methodological rethinking that I’m aware of has been taking place in the qual realm.

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from TypePad to WordPress

Welcome to the new incarnation of [day in the life], formerly housed at!

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