Title page for ETD etd-06172008-174752

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Jones, Caleb Bradley
Author's Email Address cajones@vt.edu
URN etd-06172008-174752
Title Virtual Community Orientation Project
Degree Master of Science
Department Computer Science
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Harrison, Steven R. Committee Chair
Pérez-Quiñones, Manuel A. Committee Member
Tatar, Deborah Gail Committee Member
  • Orientation
  • Flash
  • Video Games
  • Social Networking
Date of Defense 2008-06-12
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One of the major factors toward the persistence of college freshman with their education as discussed by Vincent Tonto is Social and Academic integration into the life of a university. Social integration is how well the student feels connected to other members of the university community. There has been a significant body of research done on the use of social networks to encourage social integration in a university setting. This project proposes the creation of a synchronous virtual community / social network to not only encourage social integration but also physical integration through use of the network.
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