Harnessing ICT to Develop Community and Identity: A Model for Academic Departments.

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Clara M. Chu, Professor and Department Chair (Creator)
Institution
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: Universities have been early adopters of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). However, does availability imply use? How is ICT being used by academic departments? This article addresses these questions, and discusses the use of ICT to support research, instruction and service, but more specifically, the use of ICT to enhance a sense of identity and community across all members of a department. The authors' observations of university departments across the Atlantic reveal very limited uses of ICT. A democratic web-based academic departmental community model is proposed to assist in the strengthening of departmental identity and community as well as advancing its mission. Concepts such as `wikí' and anthill community underpin this model.

Additional Information

Publication
International Journal of Web Based Communities, 2(1): 70-80, 2006
Language: English
Date: 2006
Keywords
Academic department model, Identity and community, University, Web based community, ICT