Online engagement and well-being at higher education institutes: A German case study

Margeret Hall, Simon Caton

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

2 Scopus citations

Abstract

Society is increasingly mirrored in the digital sphere. Unknown is how well this maps back in real-life aspects like the feeling of well-being or community engagement. Our tool 'BeWell@KIT' was employed to parse 140 Facebook pages comprising the online social media presence of a large public German university. Discourse attributes are established and investigated to identify the interaction between digital discourse and real-world events. We find evidence of critical system-wide events directly impacting the expressed well-being and engagement of the community, while also displaying an uptick in the psychological concepts 'belongingness' and 'resilience.' Our study indicates that digital expressions of well-being support the healthy functioning of the community at large.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2016 IFIP Networking Conference (IFIP Networking) and Workshops, IFIP Networking 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages542-547
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9783901882838
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 21 2016
Event2016 IFIP Networking Conference (IFIP Networking) and Workshops, IFIP Networking 2016 - Vienna, Austria
Duration: May 17 2016May 19 2016

Publication series

Name2016 IFIP Networking Conference (IFIP Networking) and Workshops, IFIP Networking 2016

Other

Other2016 IFIP Networking Conference (IFIP Networking) and Workshops, IFIP Networking 2016
CountryAustria
CityVienna
Period5/17/165/19/16

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Keywords

  • Behavior Modeling
  • Facebook
  • LIWC
  • Online Social Networks
  • Sentiment Analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications

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Hall, M., & Caton, S. (2016). Online engagement and well-being at higher education institutes: A German case study. In 2016 IFIP Networking Conference (IFIP Networking) and Workshops, IFIP Networking 2016 (pp. 542-547). [7497257] (2016 IFIP Networking Conference (IFIP Networking) and Workshops, IFIP Networking 2016). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/IFIPNetworking.2016.7497257