Social Networking Community for the German Program
In this collaborative pilot project between the German program and the Language Resource Center, we will utilize a social networking site Ning to share information on the program events, courses, Study Abroad, community events etc. The Ning site offers a variety of popular social networking features such as membership, forum, blog, media sharing, RSS feed, multimedia integration and customizable interfaces. By using the site it is expected that:
1) the students become more engaged in learning both inside and outside the classroom; 2) the updating of
events, dates and information becomes more efficient; 3) the networking between all stakeholders in the German Program, on and off Campus will be enhanced. We hope to conduct research on how social networking site such as Ning can help with Study Abroad, student learning, and retention rate etc.
An undergraduate student with German language skills will collect quantitative data from the site and try to answer these research questions.