I like what I’m reading here. It is now being taught as a college course, and that can only mean that soon we will see Rex Dixon teaching.
If you currently are in disbelief of what you are reading, then read the next part here
The 90 students who take the spring 2008 class will study social media like blogs and wikis – while they themselves are studied by other communications researchers. They’ll complete some group assignments in virtual world simulation Second Life, and others in a traditional online forum. Ms. Barnes said she plans to look at whether the latter’s “no-nonsense” look leads to more-organized work, or if Second Life, “where you’ve got the visuals and the stray people,” better stimulates discussion.
Schools not traditionally known for their technology programs are also venturing into the study of social computing. For the past year, Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas has funded two research projects that use social-networking site Facebook to examine student retention trends, in part because the school noticed its students were already spending so much time on the site, said K.B. Massingill, executive director of the division that funded the research. A group of undergraduate students also studied faith-related conversations in Facebook and MySpace and presented their findings to what Mr. Massingill called an unusually well-attended faculty session. “We filled up the room,” he said.
Technically Speaking, if you need a good opening act, you know where to grab the siz’lator of the overkill hype machine known simply as Rex “Duff” Dixon. I’ll even wear the cowboy hat. Anyone still remember that one? ;)