Theses Doctoral

Beyond Lurking and Trolling: Examination of College Student Literacy Practices in Online Asynchronous Discussion Spaces

Markiewicz-Hocking, Agie

Over the course of the past 15 years, college student populations as well as information technologies have undergone dramatic changes. Today’s college populations are more diverse as women, minorities, non-traditional students and veterans are the fastest growing populations. Additionally, the number of people enrolled in colleges has gone from 4.9 million in 2000 to 20.2 million in 2017. Simultaneously, the growth and proliferation of information technologies have changed the ways information is consumed and social relationships formed. The Internet, and discursive spaces that are specific to it, allow people to learn at their own pace, connect across national borders, and experiment with identities. This dissertation worked towards understanding how various college populations interact with online spaces, particularly asynchronous online spaces such as Reddit, Quora, Amazon product reviews, and various other spaces. The qualitative data collected for the dissertation included a survey of 84 participants and interviews with 12 participants. The data were analyzed using a theoretical framework based on Socio-Cultural Theories of Literacies, Critical Media Studies, and Postcolonial Theory. Findings and implications of this dissertation show a need for increased involvement in critical media literacies education of college students, and a need for educators to build culturally responsive, civic-based, and globally minded curricula rooted in student information technology usage.


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More About This Work

Academic Units
English Education
Thesis Advisors
Morrell, Ernest
Ph.D., Columbia University
Published Here
October 18, 2018