Students at OUC:
Giorgos Fanourakis (Ph.D. student)
New technologies are increasingly being incorporated into the ESL classroom, as they hold the potential to present a total communicative situation to the language learner. Giorgos’ research considers the pedagogical applications of existing online communities (e.g., YouTube, Internet Movie Database) in which English is used as a lingua franca, with students who have already achieved a high level of competence. An analysis of students’ language traces (i.e., linguistic output) in the respective communities will help reveal how their use complements students’ learning goals.
Giorgos holds an M.A. in Educational Technology and TESOL from the University of Manchester (UK), as well as a B.A. in English Language and Literature from the National Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece).
Anna Prodromou Eracledes (M.Sc. in Communication, 2015)
Anna’s research concerns gender and cultural differences in participation in the digital public sphere, and in particular, in the commenting forums at popular news sites. Such commenting forums allow readers to “sound-off” in response to a published article, offering the possibility to influence other readers as well as journalists and editors. There is no shortage of literature documenting both a gender gap in terms of the use of Internet-based technologies, as well as salient differences in the communication patterns of men and women. By studying the language traces of participants in commenting forums over time, and in particular, by analyzing both the content and style of participants’ textual comments, Anna hopes to shed light on the nature of the gender gap in this context.
Anna holds a B.A. in French Language and Literature from the University of Cyprus.
Maria Matsaggidou (M.Sc. in Communication, 2014)
Maria’s research examines if and how digital traces – the posts, likes, photos, and friends of an individual left at a social media space – might lead to the individual’s victimization in an offline/physical, romantic relationship. A survey of 167 Cypriot youth who were regular users of social media, revealed that many youth experience physical, sexual and psychological violence at the hands of their partner, as a result of something the “online self” had done on social media. Those involved in longer-term relationships were less likely to have experienced victimization, with men reporting more victimization as compared to women. In addition, one’s social media behavior was often altered in response to demands of a partner. Overall, 45% of respondents reported having experienced some form of dating violence to their offline selves as a result of their social media behavior, demonstrating the significance of this phenomenon in the psychological well-being of today’s youth.
Maria holds a B.A. from the Department of Communication and Internet Studies, Cyprus University of Technology, and recently completed her MS.c. in Communication and new Journalism, at the Open University of Cyprus.
I also had the pleasure of supervising the following students at IIT:
Ed Scott, M.S., Ph.D.
Erica Dekker, M.S.
Jing Gao, M.S.
Susan Mallgrave, M.S.
Mengyuan Li, M.S.
Cheng-Hsin Weng, M.S.