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Universities Expand Into Social Networking and Social Computing Courses

WSJ free feature, At Some Schools, Facebook Evolves From Time Waster to Academic Study: “After years of worrying about how much time freshmen spend on Facebook, schools are incorporating the study of social networking, online communities and user-contributed content into new curricula on social computing. The moves, like other academic expansions into fields like videogame design, are part of an effort to keep technology studies relevant to students’ lives – and to tap subjects with entrepreneurial momentum. Yahoo Inc. and Microsoft Corp. are among the tech companies that have invested in schools’ social computing programs.”

  • Related: Frontiers of Innovation in Community Engagement: News Organizations Forge New Relationships with Communities, A Report from the Center for Citizen Media, by Lisa Williams with Dan Gillmor, Jane MacKay, March 2007 – “This report looks at the first generation of traditional-media innovators in the arena of community engagement: bringing the community into the journalism itself, beyond blogs and comments.”
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