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Communication, collaboration and identity: factor analysis of academics’ perceptions of online networking

Jordan, Katy and Weller, Martin (2018). Communication, collaboration and identity: factor analysis of academics’ perceptions of online networking. Research in Learning Technology, 26

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Since the advent of online social networking sites, much has been written about their potential for transforming academia, as communication and collaboration underpin many scholarly activities. However, the extent to which these benefits are being realised in practice is unclear. As the uptake of tools by academics continues to grow, there is a question as to whether differences exist in their use and if any patterns or underlying factors are at play. This article presents the results of an online survey addressing this gap. A disciplinary divide was evident in terms of preferred academic social networking platforms, while perceptions about how academics use online networking for different purposes are linked to job position. Exploratory factor analysis identified four components representing different strategies used by academics in their approaches to online networking, including maintaining a personal learning network, promoting the professional self, seeking and promoting publications, and advancing careers.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2018 The authors
ISSN: 2156-7077
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
CREET doctoral projectNot SetThe Open University
Academic Unit/School: Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 54364
Depositing User: Katy Jordan
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2018 15:21
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2019 12:25
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