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Messenger in The Barn: networking in a learning environment.

Rutter, Malcolm (2009) Messenger in The Barn: networking in a learning environment. ALT-J, 17 (1). pp. 33-47. ISSN 0968-7769

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Abstract/Description

This case study describes the use of a synchronous communication application
(MSN Messenger) in a large academic computing environment. It draws on data
from interviews, questionnaires and student marks to examine the link between use
of the application and success measured through module marks. The relationship
is not simple. Total abstainers and heavy users come out best, while medium level
users do less well, indicating the influence of two factors. The discussion section
suggests possible factors. The study also highlights the benefits of support and
efficiency of communication that the application brings. Although there have been
many studies of synchronous communication tool use in the office and in social
life, this is one of the first to examine its informal use in an academic environment.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 0968-7769
Electronic ISSN: 1741-1629
Additional Information: The author would like to thank all those who supported this study in various ways. Anonymous students voluntarily contributed time to providing data for this study. Sandra Cairncross advised on the questionnaire. The editors, anonymous referees, Keith Smyth, Colin Smith and Hazel Hall read and advised on drafts of this communication while it was being prepared
Uncontrolled Keywords: instant messaging; computer-mediated communication; social computing; informal communication; ethnographic research
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Computing
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 000 Computer science, information & general works > 000 Computer science, knowledge & systems > 004 Data processing & computer science
000 Computer science, information & general works > 000 Computer science, knowledge & systems > 005 Computer programming, programs & data > 005.4 Systems programming and programs > 005.43 Systems programs & operating systems > 005.437 User interfaces
300 Social sciences > 370 Education > 378 Higher education
Library of Congress Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Item ID: 3503
Depositing User: Computing Research
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2010 13:06
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2010 12:08
URI: http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/3503

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