Finding Our Way: Using Technology to Enhance Communication and Promote a Habit of Reflection in Filipino Student Organizations

Open Access
Author:
Bartolome, Denise Angelica
Area of Honors:
Interdisciplinary in English and Information Sciences and Technology
Degree:
Bachelor of Arts
Document Type:
Thesis
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Stuart Selber, Thesis Supervisor
  • Lisa Ruth Sternlieb, Honors Advisor
  • Shawn Clark, Honors Advisor
Keywords:
  • information communication technology
  • communication practices
  • identity
  • student organization
  • website
  • blog
Abstract:
Web 2.0 introduced forms of communication and social media that individuals have adapted into their everyday use as way to comment and reflect on the world around us. In this project, I explore how technology can be used to aid in cultural literacy. By observing and analyzing channels of communication within Filipino student-run organizations, improvement gaps can be observed so that organizations can meet their their goal of providing and imparting cultural knowledge about the Filipino heritage. For this study, I realize that geographical distance between members is an important issue and technology can provide tools that will help students plan and prepare for conferences that seek to impart cultural knowledge. One of the findings of this research is an understanding of bimodality in the way that students communicate with one another. In the conclusion, I discuss how designing a habit of reflection with technology must account for issues that already exist within Filipino student organizations.