• David Carl Ison added an answer:
    Is there research evidence to suggest that educators need to understand the features of technologies before they can use them to enhance learning?

    I'm currently writing a paper and want to present the argument that educators need to understand the types of technologies at their disposal and their various features before they can make discerning technology selection and deployment decisions. However I'm struggling to find evidence for this.

    Does anyone know of any research that substantiates this idea? My paper is on Web 2.0 technologies, but the evidence could stem from any domain.

    Looking forward to hearing from you!


    David Carl Ison · Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

    There is certainly some research available out there to assist in this topic area. I would suggest limiting your search to recent years after perusing the research database findings, as typically older studies in emerging technologies are outdated. However, one cannot neglect seminal or primary works (thus why you should at least snoop around the older stuff initially). Some examples include:

    Perceptions of effectiveness of instructional uses of technology in higher education in an era of Web 2.0
    V Venkatesh, AM Croteau… - System Sciences (HICSS), …, 2014 - ieeexplore.ieee.org
    Abstract Understanding learners' perceptions regarding the effectiveness of information and
    communication technology (ICT) use, including those in the broad category of social media,
    is both important and critical to the success or failure of integration of ICT in higher ...
    Cited by 2 Related articles All 4 versions Cite Save
    Professional Development on Web 2.0 for Teachers of Spanish: A Mixed Methods Case Study
    C Bustamante - 2014 - digitalcommons.unl.edu
    This research explored the experiences of eighteen teachers of Spanish in grades 7-12 from
    both rural and urban areas in Nebraska, who participated in a technology, pedagogy, and
    content-based, online professional development program called Web 2.0 for Teachers of ...
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    Impact of Web 2.0 Technology Applications in Kerala University Library: Library Professionals' Perspective
    ST Seena, SKG Pillai - … of Library & Information Technology, 2014 - publications.drdo.gov.in
    Abstract The web has transformed the ways by which people search, find, use and
    communicate information. Integrating the use of web 2.0 technology into libraries has
    become the subject of interest among library professionals. Web 2.0 technologies facilitate ...
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    [PDF] from editlib.org
    Web 2.0 Tools: a Valuable Support to Teachers of Struggling Readers
    H Hu, ME Oslick, S Feng - Society for Information Technology & Teacher …, 2014 - editlib.org
    Abstract This study investigated how a group of graduate students in a reading specialist
    program responded to a professional development training on Web 2.0 technologies as
    demonstrated in their perception and practice when working with struggling readers. The ...
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    Web 2.0 applications and practices for learning through collaboration
    YC Hsu, YH Ching, BL Grabowski - … communications and technology, 2014 - Springer
    Abstract This chapter provides a review of the theoretical bases and international research
    on the uses of Web 2.0 applications for learning through collaboration. Web 2.0 applications
    empower users with a venue for personal expression, sharing, communicating, and ...
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    'I'm just not that comfortable with technology': student perceptions of and preferences for Web 2.0 technologies in reflective journals
    TS O'Connell, JE Dyment - Journal of Further and Higher …, 2014 - Taylor & Francis
    Encouraging reflective practice and developing reflective practitioners is a goal of many
    disciplines in higher education. A variety of pedagogical techniques have been used to
    promote critical reflection including portfolios, narratives and reflective journals. Over the ...
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  • Laura Sánchez García added an answer:
    How can you measure the reliability of automated web accessibility evaluation tools?

    What are different statistical tools or otherwise to measure the reliability of tools?

    Laura Sánchez García · Universidade Federal do Paraná

    Just in time: I meant Jacob Nielsen's 20 users advice, and NOT 7 (This was man years ago, for Qualitative experiments.)

  • Kevin Larkin added an answer:
    What is definition of emergent technology in the context of pre-service teacher education?
    I am puzzling that how to define what is emergent technology / software in the context of pre-service teacher education and what are such examples of technology / software which should be integrated into curricula and instructional practises
    Kevin Larkin · Griffith University

    Hi Jari,

    I agree with John - the use of emergent in ICT studies is problematic as what is emergent in 2012 is often considered passe in 2014. I would encourage looking at the educational technology sites (as suggested by John) but also consider ICT peer-reviewed publications such as JRTE, AJET, EdLib etc.

    Cheers, Kevin.

  • John K. Marco Pima added an answer:
    What infrastructure is required for collaborative web technologies to support blended learning?
    As we move to the use of collaborative web technologies (social networks, blogs, podcasts, Wikis, RSS, mashups), what infrastructure is needed to make sure that students learn from anywhere, anytime using mobile phones, smartphones, laptops or PCs especially in developing nations?
    John K. Marco Pima · Institute of Accountancy Arusha

    The use of Web tools in teaching and learning has continuously attracted many lecturers. The tools are portable and light even with limited internet access.

  • Huasen Wu added an answer:
    Any public data set on crowdsourcing?

    Hi, are you aware of any open data set on crowdsourcing, which include information such as profiles of workers/tasks, records of behaviors, completion status of tasks? Or are there any recommended method for obtaining such data set quickly? Thanks!

    Huasen Wu · University of California, Davis

    Thank you very much for all of your suggestions and comments. I have checked some websites such as crowdsourcing.org recemmended by Joanna, but cannot find those types of dataset that we are interested in. We will consider crawl data from some crowdsourcing platforms.

  • Mohammad Abu Alsheikh added an answer:
    How reliable are the statistics view on Slideshare?
    I created recently a Slideshare Pro account for our organisation and, in the last two days I added many powerpoints to it, with tags, description, field. It's a great tool. But, how surprised I was when I saw that soon after a presentation was uploaded, there wer already 4 views to it. After 2 days, I got more than 300 for the whole set of our presentations - increasing by about 10 views every hour. I could be proud of those results and thinking that I did a great job for an high virality score... but that efficiently? What do those stats view tell me? How to interpret them? "Who" are those viewers? Are they real "people" or is it search engines? Did those viewers simply arrived on the presentation without going through it? Advanced stats could give me some info, but not really the answers.
    Merci-Thank you
    Mohammad Abu Alsheikh · Nanyang Technological University

    "How does SlideShare define views"

  • Paweł Weichbroth added an answer:
    Can Social Software be regarded as part of the Enterprise Architecture?
    If yes, what implications can be anticipated?
    Paweł Weichbroth · University of Economics in Katowice

    What is the point of integrating social software with other applications?

    What is the point of making complex software (like ERP) more complex?

  • Muhammad Yousuf Ali added an answer:
    Where do you use social media (or Web 2.0) tools in product design and development research?
    There is a wide range of social media/Web 2.0 tools available on the market. Social media tools seem to be more promising in product design and development contexts in order to keep pace with ever changing trends and styles. Where do you use (or see major benefits of) these tools?
    Muhammad Yousuf Ali · Sindh Madressatul Islam University

    YOUR RESEARCH DIMENSION IS NOT CLEAR YET HOWEVERY, I have recommended the Jouke Casper suggestion

  • Muhammad Yousuf Ali added an answer:
    What is library 3.0?
    Muhammad Yousuf Ali · Sindh Madressatul Islam University

    Library 3.0 is just like term of Web 3.0 (3rd Generation) this is similarly like Reference 3.0 and other 3rd generation Terms

    User Generated Content, Mobile OPAC, Quick response code, Mobile Libraries, Cloud Computing are being considered important tool of Library 3.0. It is also assume that further development in 3.0 Generation computer and mobile technology new innovation will be added very soon this very grey area form librarian point of view you can start your research any aspect of web 3.0 within your research paradigm/

  • Jerald Hughes added an answer:
    What is the best definition of scientists’ information interaction on the Web 2?
    Information interaction is one of the most important issues in web 2. But it does not have a precise definition. From your perspective; define scientists’ information interaction in Web 2.
    Jerald Hughes · University of Texas - Pan American

    Among the physical scientists, one of the major phenomena already observed is the rise in prominence of "Pre-print archives", which store research that has not yet been published in peer-reviewed journals of the discipline. There are likely interesting questions to answer about the differential in perceived value of such archives between different disciplines, and between different stakeholders within individual disciplines.

  • Hanno Krieger added an answer:
    Social media: Downvoting and degrading in social networks – What are the reasons? - What are the reactions?
    We have recently seen a lot of down-votings in some threads. We also saw different kinds of reactions on this phenomenon. I would like to ask a question about these reactions.

    First I assume that there are several possible reasons for downvotings: dissent – misunderstandings – misuse of buttons without knowing it– a social scientist who writes a paper about the reactions – a test carried out by RG – some technical problem, etc.

    I would like to have a discussion about the reactions on the part of researchers. We have seen calls to ban down-voters or to cancel their anonymity. Elections in democracies are anonymous and there are good reasons for this. I think most of us agree about some basic traits of democracy, the right to stay anonymous is among them. What about these basics in social media?
    Hanno Krieger · retired from Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen

    Dear Hashem,

    I agree to your statement about the tasks of RG, but I think that "difference of opinion" is not healthy, as you can ascertain, when reading the actual two partner dialogue.

    But in an open team differences in opinion can be helpful and necessary. So please dear disputers, stop the personal consternations and your beeing offended.

  • Patricia Grace-Farfaglia added an answer:
    Can anyone help me find research into the use of online communities, gamification, or any web 2.0 principle in aiding smoking cessation?

    I'm very interested in the idea of combining online social networks, communities and other web 2.0 elements with the classic support group or 12-step program ideologies. 

    Has there been any research done into this? I know StopSmokingCenter.net and their parent company are doing a lot of research into it, and there are a few other sites like IntheRooms.com, as well as Facebook Groups full of people helping each other quit.

    Just looking for more information, want to use the web as an option to combat addiction and dependence. 

    Patricia Grace-Farfaglia · University of Connecticut

    Graham, A. L., Cha, S., Papandonatos, G. D., Cobb, N. K., Mushro, A., Fang, Y., . . . Abrams, D. B. (2013). Improving adherence to web-based cessation programs: a randomized controlled trial study protocol. Trials, 14, 48. doi: 10.1186/1745-6215-14-48

    Cobb, N. K., Graham, A. L., Byron, M. J., Niaura, R. S., & Abrams, D. B. (2011). Online social networks and smoking cessation: a scientific research agenda. J Med Internet Res, 13(4), e119. doi: 10.2196/jmir.1911

    Lindsay, S., Smith, S., Bellaby, P., & Baker, R. (2009). The health impact of an online heart disease support group: a comparison of moderated versus unmoderated support. Health Educ Res, 24(4), 646-654. doi: 10.1093/her/cyp001

    Vambheim, S. M., Wangberg, S. C., Johnsen, J. A., & Wynn, R. (2013). Language use in an internet support group for smoking cessation: development of sense of community. Inform Health Soc Care, 38(1), 67-78. doi: 10.3109/17538157.2012.710685

    Adams, S. A. (2010). Use of "serious health games" in health care: a review. Stud Health Technol Inform, 157, 160-166.

    DeSmet, A., Van Ryckeghem, D., Compernolle, S., Baranowski, T., Thompson, D., Crombez, G., . . . De Bourdeaudhuij, I. (2014). A meta-analysis of serious digital games for healthy lifestyle promotion. Prev Med. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2014.08.026

    Rodriguez, D. M., Teesson, M., & Newton, N. C. (2014). A systematic review of computerised serious educational games about alcohol and other drugs for adolescents. Drug Alcohol Rev, 33(2), 129-135. doi: 10.1111/dar.12102

    Thompson, D. (2012). Designing serious video games for health behavior change: current status and future directions. J Diabetes Sci Technol, 6(4), 807-811.

  • Jerald Hughes added an answer:
    Is there any theory related to effective communication in E-government?
    I am assessing the effectiveness of communication by E-governments using Web 2.0 tools to communicate with their citizens. Could anybody assist with any relevant theoretical background for this topic?
    Jerald Hughes · University of Texas - Pan American

    This is not strictly theoretical, but it does provide a methodology for e-government website effectiveness: http://www.inderscience.com/info/inarticle.php?artid=51273

  • Carlos Guerrero added an answer:
    What is the role of social networks interaction on learning progress?
    As everybody probably already knows, social interaction according to" Vygotsky" may improve learning ability, however, there are still many steps toward this phenomenon to be adapted with new emerging tools including social networks. Which aspect of web 2.0 tools is the most important part to be evolved in this way?
    Carlos Guerrero · University of the Balearic Islands

    We published our experience of using social networks to increase students' participation. The study is published here: http://sic.ici.ro/sic2014_2/index.html

    Carlos GUERRERO, Antoni JAUME-I-CAPÓ, Use of Social Networks to Motivate Computer-Engineering Students to Participate in Self-assessment Activities, Studies in Informatics and Control, ISSN 1220-1766, vol. 23 (2), pp. 197-206, 2014.

    The study presents a quantitative research study comparing the participation of the students when social tools are used with times with other types of motivations.

  • Asmat Ali added an answer:
    Non-payment culture – will it shrink the economy?
    Jaron Lanier, in his new book “Who owns the future?” (2013) proposes the thesis, that the non-payment culture of free information and reduced transaction costs provided by the internet will shrink our economy. What is your opinion?
    Asmat Ali · PMAS - Arid Agriculture University

    I concur with all the above contributors. It does depend on the semantic of "economy". If it is only think in the terms of money then definitely YES, Non-payment culture – will  shrink the money oriented economy.

    On the other hand, if economy is seen in the context of knowledge only, then Non-payment culture – will never shrink the economy, I think so.

  • What is the size (ratio) of unstructured data (text) on the web?
    I am wondering if there is a research paper that considers the ratio of unstructured text over the web and whether it is the cause for rapid increasing in data on the web? What is the responsible data resource for the rapid in increasing in web data? Is this the unstructured data (text)? Is there research paper talking about this issue?
    Thank you very much.
    Mohammad Ali Hajizadeh Gashti · Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

    Please take look  to :


    and also this hand book:


    May be not so related but can help you

  • Ivo Grigorov added an answer:
    Which online tools do you use for open science?
    Do you share your research ideas openly with others? Do you make your research process transparent? Do you make your research findings accessible?
    If so, which online tools are useful?
    Ivo Grigorov · Technical University of Denmark

    A great collection of working examples for Open Notebook Science http://inmemoriamjcb.wikispaces.com/Jean-Claude+Bradley+Memorial+Symposium to support building a high impact research profile.

    The page will include a vision paper (in draft) on ONS and how to engage the younger research generation.

  • Simon Penny added an answer:
    Does anyone know of a cyber-based artist or (even better) a collective that curates and/or creates work specifically for an online audience?
    I am conducting research on the cultural impact of Web 2.0, related to the "Cult of the Amateur" as argued by Andrew Keen, and would like to do an ethnography of an online art community. I know that some artists participate in virtual platforms such as Second Life, but I'm looking for exposition for a broader audience (preferably ongoing work).
    Simon Penny · University of California, Irvine

    Hi Horst!

    Micaela, per Horsts's advice, your question now has an extended historical dimension. Much poineerring work in this area was done in the 90s. If you want to go to the motherlode, I suggest you go to the Nettime archives , and also read their volume README.

    But it goes back to pre web and  pre internet days when this practise was called telematic art. Loiok for the work of Bob Adrian X, Roy Ascott, et al

  • Tunde Ajayi added an answer:
    Which attributes can evaluate the performance of content available from a university website from a user perspective?
    Which attributes can evaluate the performance of content available from a university website from a user perspective?
    Here, users can be prospective students or parents of students, or can be a employee who wants to join the organization.
    Tunde Ajayi · International Institute of Tropical Agriculture
    Firstly I would suggest you carry out a user research, an easy way to achieve this is to conduct an online survey, just so you can have an understanding of what the users want . After providing contents that meets users need, you can use web analytics program that will provide you with information about how people engage with the contents. If you have social media integrated, check out what people are saying about your contents.
  • Veronica Bender Haydu added an answer:
    Do you use social media to communicate your science? If so, how?
    I'm currently compiling case studies of scientists using social media and blogs effectively to communicate about their science to the general public.
    Veronica Bender Haydu · Universidade Estadual de Londrina
    I agree that RG and Academia are great tools, but also think that we must interact with the general public. It is very important that our scientific productions are communicated in an accessible language to the public in general. I have a blog where I post short texts on different subjects of behavior analysis that can assist people in their daily lives. I also contribute to a blog that a student recently developed where we publish texts that discuss actions for sustainability of our planet.
  • Michael Groll added an answer:
    Does the use of the web 2.0 change the methods in your area of research?
    Tools of the web 2.0 lead to faster access to any and more information. This rules as well for scientific information. But is the impact big enough to lead to a change in the methods you use in your scientific work?
    Michael Groll · Philipps-Universität Marburg
    I can certainly see some potential here - mostly in staying in contact with your project partners and improved team communication (e.g. through a facebook group), but in the area of the actual research (data collection, analysis and interpretation) I have my doubt that the web2.0 can have a big impact. One exception I can think of would be a data base which is freely available online where the users can add data and use it for their analyses - but for one there would be the problem of ensuring the quality of the added data and I am not sure if those shared data bases would qualify as being web2.0.
  • Michael B. Duignan added an answer:
    Does anyone know of an academic paper that has used social media as a methodological tool (in various ways)?
    I am working on my PhD methodology, and writing a paper around using social media as a way of securing key informant gatekeepers to access local business communities.
    Michael B. Duignan · Anglia Ruskin University
    There are also some very interesting insights by Prof Martin Weller and Dr Tony Hirst (Open University) here for 'Art of Guerilla Research' - http://nogoodreason.typepad.co.uk/no_good_reason/2014/03/art-of-guerrilla-research-workshop.html
  • Naeema H Jabur added an answer:
    What are the best advantages and disadvantages of social network?
    I am interested to know the best advantages and disadvantages of social networks. I use them in my thesis.
    Naeema H Jabur · Sultan Qaboos University
    No discussion about it SN will Facilitates open communication and allows for discussing ideas as well as posting solutions and answers to ambiguity ,it leads to enhanced information finding and accessing. In the business areas, SN offers more opportunities to open bussiness contacts and advertisements targetting a wide audience, leads to effective market research and directs people to scure sited relevant to their interest
    Regardless of the above advantages, SN facilitates the possibility for spam and virus attacks. Opens up the opportunity to submitt negetive comments and offensive reflections.
  • Frankline Sewe added an answer:
    I am looking for studies on social media / new media use by universities.
    I need some help with current research about universities and social media or neew media use. I'm looking for studies about the usage and use in marketing strategy of universities (budget, infrastructure, objective, equipping, time, personal etc.).
    Frankline Sewe · University of Nairobi
    I have learned quite a lot from the thoughtful feedback
  • Ellen Burke Beckjord added an answer:
    Does anyone have experience editing data sets from Twitter / Facebook to analyse them in Nvivo?
    I am a PhD student using qualitative research methodology. I am collecting web-mediated data from webpages and social media (Twitter / Facebook), to analyse in Nvivo 10. However, I need to edit the captured information and Nvivo doesn't allow me to do this. Any tips and suggestions will be appreciated.
    Ellen Burke Beckjord · University of Pittsburgh
    There may be some useful guidance in this recent article: http://jncimono.oxfordjournals.org/content/2013/47/140.abstract
  • Deborah Jean Verran added an answer:
    How to check/ control 'Junk and objectionable web-pages' - any thoughts?
    The speed at which both, the number of internet-users and the total time devoted on the net, is growing, it is only imaginable about the unimaginable amount of e-pages that might be flooding/ crowding the net-space, very next moment. Thanks to the support of 'cloud-computing' and other software/ technology, which is now supported by much better IT-infrastructure, provided by every country, across globe, that makes it happen.

    Question here is about the 'proportionate amount of junk & objectionable pages' (and abuses of internet) that also goes up and have negative effects on our society. Though 'junk & objectionable pages' can be subjective and debatable, should we not worry about e-garbage, e-waste and clear-junk pages..?

    There are of course research-initiatives and other initiatives from Governments and regulating bodies. But perhaps not adequate (so as to match the speed/ pace at which the net-e-pages growing).
    Shall appreciate, if you could respond on the following issues:
    1. What are the voluntary (individual/ institutional/ NGO) initiatives available/ being-taken, to make the net, neat and clutter free?
    2. What are the free softwares (may be another institutional initiative) available for this
    3. Latest research contributions, like:(a). http://www.bsc.es/publications/automatic-detection-and-banning-content-stealing-bots-e-commerce
    (b). http://ILPubs.stanford.edu:8090/356/1/1998-5.pdf
    Deborah Jean Verran · Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
    I would suggest that as Web 2.0 crosses geographic, regulatory and legal borders that in fact it cannot be controlled. All a 'discerning user' can do (whether it be an individual, group, organization or network) is filter and perhaps contribute to the curation efforts (think Wikipedia).Maybe Web 3.0 or Web 4.0 will enable separation according to quality.

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