Title page for ETD etd-06172008-174752


Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Jones, Caleb Bradley
Author's Email Address cajones@vt.edu
URN etd-06172008-174752
Title Virtual Community Orientation Project
Degree Master of Science
Department Computer Science
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Harrison, Steven R. Committee Chair
Pérez-Quiñones, Manuel A. Committee Member
Tatar, Deborah Gail Committee Member
Keywords
  • Orientation
  • Flash
  • Video Games
  • Social Networking
Date of Defense 2008-06-12
Availability restricted
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.
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