This research, ongoing since January 2018, looks to further our understanding of information sharing and information and communications technology (ICT) use by international student immigrants to Canada, focusing for exploratory purposes on students at the University of Alberta. It employs interviews with international student immigrants currently studying at the University of Alberta, to explore four main research questions: (1) their use of ICTs in their academic and everyday lives; (2) the role(s) ICTs play in their settlement process; (3) how they choose to share everyday and academic information with others using technology; and (4) any differences in these activities between the different communities and environments they are part of, such as their new country vs. their original home, or academic vs. everyday life uses.
The project is collaborative research with Jen Kendall, an MLIS graduate of the University of Alberta; and Erin Ballantyne, a current MLIS student. Both served as research assistants during different stages of the project.
Interview data collection for this project is complete and data analysis is under way. Further details of project findings and conclusions will be provided in presentations and publications, details of which will be posted here when available.