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Title: AGENT: Alumni growth and engagement across new technologies
Authors: Coughlan, J
Jamal, A
Macredie, RD
Keywords: AGENT;Alumni;E-mentoring;Social capital;Social networks;Employability
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Brunel University
Citation: European, Mediterranean & Middle Eastern Conference on Information Systems (EMCIS2012), Munich, Germany, 2012
Abstract: The AGENT project aims to use social networking technologies (LinkedIn and Facebook) to support the development of undergraduates’ employability and career development. The focus of the project is on e-mentoring by alumni to provide a ‘bridge’ between individuals whose social ties and connections are weakened by time and distance, whilst at the same time capitalising on the learning opportunities afforded by the widening of social networks. Social networking sites (SNSs) have been shown to provide students with the tools to make connections, build relationships and support personal development. From a social capital perspective, SNSs can support ‘weak ties’ by allowing students to grow a social network from which to draw resources in the form of information, knowledge, advice and expertise that an institution’s alumni can provide. Alumni are a key resource for building professional networking communities that can provide offline as well as online support to students. We report on an on-going JISC project –AGENT (Alumni Growth and Engagement across New Technologies) that explores how Web 2.0 technologies engage alumni, create the sense of belonging, develop more effective and mutually-beneficial alumni-student connections and associated positive social capital outcomes.
ISBN: 978-1-908549-03-7
Appears in Collections:Computer Science
Dept of Computer Science Research Papers

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