Social Capital Deficit in Online Learning: An Ego-Centric Approach to Occupational Attainment

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Fatih Oguz, Assistant Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: This study examined how social networks of LIS graduates contribute to their job attainment.Graduates from three ALA-accredited programs in the Southeastern U.S. who took some or all oftheir coursework online to earn the MLIS degree participated in the study. Findings suggest thatrecent graduates of entirely online programs have social capital deficit with the absence of theirMLIS peers in their social networks. However, the results also showed that such a deficit maynot be an important concern as graduates found most of the jobs with the information providedby LIS professional contacts. Having relatively older contacts in their networks, graduatesincreased their likelihood of finding new employment after graduation.

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Education for Information,
Language: English
Date: 2015
Social capital, social networks, online learning, job mobility

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