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Title: Zones of use: A multimodal analysis of student views of tcehnology in their academic and communication network
Authors: Brown, Cheryl
Czerniewicz, Laura
Keywords: BOUNDARIES
PERSONAL
ACADEMIC
COMPUTERS
CELLULAR PHONES
SOCIAL COMMUNICATION
NETWORKS
HIGHER EDUCATION
CONCEPT MAPS
SOUTH AFRICA
STUDENTS
HIGHER EDUCATION
EVALUATION
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
INFORMATION SOCIETY
SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA
SOUTHERN AFRICA
SOCIAL MEDIA
SHORT MESSAGING SERVICE (SMS)
Date: Sep-2011
Abstract: This paper considers the relationship between the social and the academic in students’ communication networks with reference to specific technologies: the computer and the cell phone. Previous research undertaken amongst South African university students’ has shown that technology both strengthens and weakens boundaries between the academic and social spheres. Using 38 student-drawn concept maps, this paper examines their communication networks utilising the concepts of zones of use and spheres of thinking. The analysis examines the participants’ location in their networks, the structure of the networks and the relationship between the physical and the virtual. The findings confirm strong boundaries between the social and the academic in terms of cell phone use, but find a weakening of boundaries with regards computers. Also it was found that learning management systems (LMS) are adapted for non-course related purposes rather than social software being appropriated for academic purposes.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10625/50170
Project Number: 105267
Project Title: ICT Access and Usage in Higher Education in South Africa
Access: IDRC Only
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