NSF funds study of use, social impacts of the Blacksburg Electronic Village

September 19, 2000

(Blacksburg, Va., September 20, 2000) -- Researchers at Virginia Tech's Center for Human-Computer Interaction http://www.hci.vt.edu have won a two-year, $458,165 grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate the use and social impacts of the Blacksburg Electronic Village (BEV - http://www.bev.net), one of the prominent American community networking projects of the 1990s. The principal investigators for the project are John M. Carroll and Mary Beth Rosson; professors of computer science. Carroll is also the center director. Carroll and Rosson's "learning in a networked community" (LiNC - http://linc.cs.vt.edu/) project has collaborated on several previous BEV projects, including the NSF-sponsored BEV HistoryBase, Nostalgia - a joint project with BEV seniors, the NSF-sponsored Virtual School - a joint project with Montgomery County Public Schools, and the Hitachi Foundation-sponsored MOOsburg http://moosburg.cs.vt.edu/.

The new project, titled "Interdisciplinary Views of the Blacksburg Electronic Village," includes faculty investigators from Stanford University, the University of Illinois, the Open University in the United Kingdom, Blacksburg Electronic Village, and Carnegie Mellon University, as well as Virginia Tech. The project will employ several methods, including community surveys, detailed interviews, session logging, a participatory evaluation forum, and a variety of psychological scales. It addresses a such key issues about communities and community networks as:
Researchers on the project are: Albert Bandura, the David Starr Jordan Professor of Social Science in Psychology at Stanford University; Ann Peterson Bishop, assistant professor of library and information science at the University of Illinois; Marilyn Dunckley, lecturer in computing at the Open University in the United Kingdom; Daniel R. Dunlap, research associate in the Center for Human-Computer Interaction and Ph.D. candidate in Science and Technology Studies at Virginia Tech; Philip L. Isenhour, research associate in the Center for Human-Computer Interaction; Andrea L. Kavanaugh, director of research for the Blacksburg Electronic Village; Robert Kraut, professor of social psychology and human computer interaction at Carnegie Mellon University; and Dennis C. Neale, research associate in the Center for Human-Computer Interaction and Ph.D. candidate in industrial and systems engineering at Virginia Tech.

Contact for more information:
John M. Carroll
email: carroll@cs.vt.edu;
Phone: 540-231-8453;
FAX: 540-231-6075

PR CONTACT: Susan Trulove
Phone: 540-231-5646

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