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Title: Visitors and Residents: mapping student attitudes to academic use of social networks
Authors: Wright, Fiona
White, David
Hirst, Tony
Cann, Alan James
First Published: 8-Mar-2013
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Citation: Learning, Media and Technology, 2013, 38 (2)
Abstract: The Visitors and Residents model of internet use suggests a continuum of modes of engagement with the online world, ranging from tool use to social spaces. In this paper, we examine evidence derived from a large cohort of students to assess whether this idea can be validated by experimental evidence. We find statistically significant differences between individuals displaying ‘Visitor’ or ‘Resident’ attitudes, suggesting that the Visitors and Residents model is a useful typology for approaching and understanding online behaviour. From our limited sample, we have been able to produce evidence that the Visitors and Residents labels are statistically robust. This demonstrates that the Visitors and Residents approach provides a valuable framework for those considering the use of social tools in educational contexts.
DOI Link: 10.1080/17439884.2013.777077
ISSN: 1743-9884
eISSN: 1743-9892
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2013, Taylor & Francis (Routledge). Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
Description: This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Learning, Media and Technology, 2013, 38 (2), Copyright © 2013, Taylor & Francis (Routledge), available online at:
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