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2009 International Conference on Computational Science and Engineering (2009)
Vancouver, Canada
Aug. 29, 2009 to Aug. 31, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-7695-3823-5
pp: 667-674
ABSTRACT
We propose Social Ability as a construct that will contribute to the development of social computing models. Completely online group experiences vary according to the composition of tools, tasks and individuals. This conditionality creates challenges for social computing researchers who seek to model social behavior online. We use social ability as a frame to describe how members of completely online groups (COGs) experience the social nature of their interaction and how the nature of their social computing changes over time. We show how social ability measures for COG participants change during collaboration and describe how two social ability factors - Social Presence and Perceived Written Communication Skills - are related to participation and contribution in online group activities. The findings from this mixed methods study show that members who participate in online groups experience increases in perceived written communication skills and peer social presence, suggesting that completely online group work influences social ability.
INDEX TERMS
Social Computing, CSCW, CSCL, Social Ability, Socio-technical, small group, sociotechnical
CITATION

S. P. Goggins, K. Galyen and J. Laffey, "Social Ability in Online Groups: Representing the Quality of Interactions in Social Computing Environments," 2009 International Conference on Computational Science and Engineering(CSE), Vancouver, Canada, 2009, pp. 667-674.
doi:10.1109/CSE.2009.339
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