How do students organize personal information spaces?

Sharon Hardof-Jaffe, Arnon Hershkovitz, Hama Abu-Kishk, Ofer Bergman, Rafi Nachmias

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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to empirically reveal strategies of students' organization of learning-related digital materials within an online personal information archive. Research population included 518 students who utilized the personal Web space allocated to them on the university servers for archiving information items, and data describing their directory hierarchies. Several variables for measuring folders size and depth were defined, and four of them were chosen as best representing different aspects of the user's archive structure. Then, as a result of cluster analysis of the students, four organization strategies emerged, refining the classical piling/filing classification: piling, one-folder filing, small-folders filing, and big-folder filing. Also, associations were found between the organization strategies and archive size, students' studies degree. A discussion of this study and further research is provided.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEDM'09 - Educational Data Mining 2009
Subtitle of host publication2nd International Conference on Educational Data Mining
Pages250-258
Number of pages9
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2009
Event2nd International Conference on Educational Data Mining, EDM'09 - Cordoba, Spain
Duration: 1 Jul 20093 Jul 2009

Publication series

NameEDM'09 - Educational Data Mining 2009: 2nd International Conference on Educational Data Mining

Conference

Conference2nd International Conference on Educational Data Mining, EDM'09
Country/TerritorySpain
CityCordoba
Period1/07/093/07/09

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