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User-Generated Content: Perceived Affordances in Students' Usage of the Web for Tertiary Learning Purposes

This paper investigates which affordances students perceive when using the Internet for academic learning purposes, with a focus on user-generated content (UGC). Based on an explorative interview study, Wikipedia, Facebook, and YouTube were found to play an important role in students’ preparation and working settings. Wikipedia and YouTube provide users with contents created by the crowd. In contrast, Facebook enables to participate in groups and to share materials of interest. Both kinds of sources seem to provide users with different affordances and might, therefore, satisfy different needs.

Corinna Raith
WU Vienna University of Business and Economics


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