Prof. Rebecca Reynolds presented the following paper at the 2016 iConference in Philadelphia: “Connecting Student Information Resource Uses to Learning Outcomes in Guided Discovery-based Learning.” The research study investigates middle school and high school students’ use of a wiki-based learning management system as a coordinating representation in the context of their guided discovery-based game design work.
Prof. Jennifer Gibbs co-authors an article in the latest issue of Small Group Research titled “Exploring Affordances of Email for Team Learning over Time.” Drawing on theories of team learning, group development, and technological affordances, the authors provide a multi-method case analysis of emails and interviews that explores how and when team learning occurs.
Jennifer Gibbs is awarded competitive research grant and is named co-editor of “Communication Research”
Prof. Jennifer Gibbs received a GAIA International Collaborative Research Grant for Tenured Faculty for $8,000, for a project titled “Fostering Collaborative Communication Practices in Global Teams” with PhD students and researchers at Aalto University, Finland. This was one of 5 grants awarded to tenured faculty. Gibbs is also the new co-editor of Communication Research, a peer-reviewed journal from Sage Publications. Eight issues are published per year.
Mary Chayko has published a new book on what it means to live in a digitally connected society. Superconnected: The Internet, Digital Media, and Techno-Social Life brings together insights from such disciplines as sociology, communication, psychology, and media, information, and technology studies to explore the impact of the internet and digital technology on our everyday lives, from the way we construct identities and cultures to the way we work, play, learn, govern, and fall in love. The new book was also launched at the New Books Reception at the Eastern Sociological Society conference in Boston on March 17, and Rutgers University’s Celebration of Faculty Books at Alexander Library on April 12.
Prof. Mary Chayko recently presented the following papers:
- “Reimagining the Interview: Adapting Qualitative Methods to the Digital Realm” at the annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society (ESS) on March 17 in Boston, Mass.
- “Disruptive Course Design: Integrating Social Technologies and Quality Matters (QM) Best Practices in Hybrid/Online Courses,” on March 23, at the NJEDge 2016 Faculty Showcase Conference (with Denise Kreiger). The paper and presentation focused on the course design process which was based on Quality Matters (QM) standards and focused on incorporating social technologies for student learning such as Twitter, Storify, and discussion boards. They also gave a tour of the Rutgers QM-certified hybrid course in the learning management system.
Prof. Khadijah White discussed critical media issues at the following forums:
- Participated on a panel about the Oscars last month at the Philadelphia Institute for Contemporary Art. It was posted on the Musiqology blog.
- Was interviewed on Wake Up with Wurd 900 AM on March 7 about Hillary Clinton and Black women.
- Was interviewed by the Daily Targum for an article titled “Rutgers Community Addresses Death of Journalist Acel Moore.”
Prof. Joyce Valenza published “School Libraries Transform” in American Libraries. As a faculty member in a preservice program, and as a school librarian for more than 25 years, she writes about the role of school libraries in student empowerment.
Prof. Craig Scott presented two co-authored papers:
- “Invisible Domains and Unexplored Terrains: A Multi-Level View of Hidden Organizations” at the Organizational Communication Traditions, Transitions, and Transformations Conference in Austin, Texas on Feb. 14.
- “Appropriately Anonymous Organizations in an Age of Transparency” at the Annual Meeting of Western States Communication Association, in San Diego, Calif. on Feb 29.
Prof. Chirag Shah gave an invited talk on “Information Fostering: Being Proactive in Information Seeking” at University of Texas Austin on March 4. In the talk, he discussed how to analyze a search process in an exploratory search task to be able to predict its likelihood of success, and how to switch the search trail of a possibly failing search with a one that could improve the chances of success dramatically.
Professor Marie Radford gave two invited presentations:
- Radford, M. L. “’I’ve Already Googled It and I Can’t Understand It:’ User’s Perceptions of Virtual Reference and Social Q and A.” University of Buffalo, N.Y., March 3.
- Radford, M. L. “Collaboration and Crowdsourcing in Virtual Reference: Expanding Vision & Viability.” Western New York Library Resources Council, Buffalo, N.Y., March 4.
Prof. Marie Radford, Prof. Chirag Shah, and several Ph.D. students published an article titled, “Shared Values, New Vision: Collaboration and Communities of Practice in Virtual Reference and SQA” in JASIST. This investigation of new approaches to improving collaboration, user/librarian experiences, and sustainability for virtual reference services reports findings from a grant project. Findings indicate that participants usually refer questions from outside of their area of expertise to other librarians, but occasionally refer them to nonlibrarian experts.
Phil Napoli co-authors, “Portrait of the Online Local News Audience” in the journal Digital Journalism. Drawing upon data from six focus groups across three communities, this paper highlights three collective narratives on local news audience practices generated by participants.
Prof. Jeff Lane is quoted in the article, “Could Cops Use Facebook Reactions to Target Criminals?” in New York magazine regarding the use of emojis in criminal arrest and prosecution.
Prof. Mary Chayko was interviewed by radio station New Jersey 101.5 on emojis and new digital communication norms, including research from her forthcoming book, Superconnected: The Internet, Digital Media, and Techno-Social Life, on March 2.
Prof. Mary Chayko gave a guest lecture on conducting qualitative research digitally for Dr. Christena Nippert-Eng’s graduate course “Digital Ethnography” at Indiana University’s School of Informatics and Computing. The lecture and Q and A session was conducted via Skype on March 3.
Prof. Matt Weber and a Ph.D. student are announced as Knight Foundation Innovation Fellows for their project, “Digital Journalism and the Challenges of Managing a 21st Century Newsroom Workforce.” This project examines the changing composition of newsroom workforces by analyzing the work histories, educational backgrounds, and employee skillsets of newsroom employees. The results of this study will provide publishers and managing editors with specific recommendations regarding recruiting strategies, target skills, and educational backgrounds that will complement existing newsroom workforces.
Prof. Phil Napoli’s research, funded by the Democracy Fund, the Dodge Foundation and the Knight Foundation, was published “Local Journalism and the Information Needs of Local Communities” in Journalism Practice. He has also been invited to join The Citizens Campaign’s Advisory Committee on Citizen Journalism
Prof. Khadijah White was interviewed by Wake Up With Wurd, where she discussed the backlash to Beyonce’s new video, “Formation.”
Prof. Matthew Weber was recently awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation(NSF Award #1624067) to support a series of upcoming data science workshops focused on training graduate students to conduct research using archived Internet data. The grant, from the Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS) Directorate, provides $29,883 to support graduate student travel to the workshops. The two workshops will be held in March in Toronto and in June in Washington, D.C.