Online engagement and well-being at higher education institutes: A German case study

Margeret Hall, Simon Caton

Publication: Chapter in book/Conference proceedingContribution to conference proceedings


Society is increasingly mirrored in the digital sphere. Unknown is how well this maps back in real-life aspects like the feeling of well-being or community engagement. Our tool 'BeWell@KIT' was employed to parse 140 Facebook pages comprising the online social media presence of a large public German university. Discourse attributes are established and investigated to identify the interaction between digital discourse and real-world events. We find evidence of critical system-wide events directly impacting the expressed well-being and engagement of the community, while also displaying an uptick in the psychological concepts 'belongingness' and 'resilience.' Our study indicates that digital expressions of well-being support the healthy functioning of the community at large.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 IFIP Networking Conference (IFIP Networking) and Workshops
Editors IFIP
Place of PublicationVienna
Pages542 - 547
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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