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Online engagement and well-being at higher education institutes: A German case study

Hall, Margeret and Caton, Simon (2016) Online engagement and well-being at higher education institutes: A German case study. In: IFIP Networking Conference (IFIP Networking) and Workshops, 2016. IEEE, pp. 542-547. ISBN 9783901882838

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Abstract

Society is increasingly mirrored in the digital sphere. Unknown is how well this maps back in real-life aspects like the feeling of well-being or community engagement. Our tool `BeWell@KIT' was employed to parse 140 Facebook pages comprising the online social media presence of a large public German university. Discourse attributes are established and investigated to identify the interaction between digital discourse and real-world events. We find evidence of critical system-wide events directly impacting the expressed well-being and engagement of the community, while also displaying an uptick in the psychological concepts `belongingness' and `resilience.' Our study indicates that digital expressions of well-being support the healthy functioning of the community at large.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4150 Computer Network Resources > The Internet > World Wide Web > Websites > Online social networks
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics. Nuclear engineering > Telecommunications > The Internet > World Wide Web > Websites > Online social networks
Divisions: School of Computing > Staff Research and Publications
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Depositing User: CAOIMHE NI MHAICIN
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2016 15:32
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2016 15:32
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/2512

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