Virtual Community Orientation Project

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Student
Jones, Caleb Bradley
Degree
MS
Defense date
2008-06-12
Department
Computer Science
Commitee
Harrison, Steven R., Chair
Perez-Quinones, Manuel A., Member
Tatar, Deborah, Member
Abstract
One of the major factors toward the persistence of college freshman with their education as discussed by Vincent Tonto is Social and Academic integration into the life of a university. Social integration is how well the student feels connected to other members of the university community. There has been a significant body of research done on the use of social networks to encourage social integration in a university setting. This project proposes the creation of a synchronous virtual community / social network to not only encourage social integration but also physical integration through use of the network.
ETD Page
http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-06172008-174752/

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