Web Science Summer School 2016
From June 30 to July 6 the Web Science Summer School 2016 was held at the University of Koblenz (Germany). The event was dedicated to the Internet and social media studies. Alina Bakhitova, who is studying Sociology and Social Informatics, took part and shares her impressions of the event.
In addition to her studies, Alina is engaged in two research projects at HSE. The first is focused on research into the motivation of online gamers. The project aims to determine why some players are motivated by the opportunity to communicate with other players, while the others focus only on the development of their characters.
The second project examines the factors that influence academic performance and involvement in the educational process of those studying ‘Data processing and analysis’. Students from different majors choose this minor, and it offers them an initial insight into complicated computational methods. It is vital to determine what influences their successful learning.
We learned that the main factor contributing to high academic performance is the number of code lines written during the minor,’ says Alina Bakhitova. ‘However, it does not mean that academic success is influenced by technical skills alone. For example, it is also important to take part in discussions about homework and other topics relating to the minor on student online forum.’
From Research to Presentation
Alina Bakhitova presented the first results of the project on the factors influencing student performance at a poster session during the Web Science Summer School. The project's topic aroused interest among participants, including international MA and PhD students on different majors and research areas. The event brought together representatives of both computational and social sciences, including sociologists, economists and anthropologists.
The poster session was followed by lectures given by leading researchers working on virtual research, discussions on quantitative and qualitative analysis using the Internet, and on project design.
The students worked on group projects led by professional researchers., Alina Bakhitova worked in a group looking at the Panama papers.
Web Science Summer School 2016 was the second international event Alina Bakhitova attended.
Earlier Alina along with four other students from the Department of Sociology participated in the Symposium on computational social science held at Leibniz-Institute for the Social Sciences in Cologne.‘I would like to thank HSE for giving students an opportunity to take part in different international conferences and seminars on regular basis,’ says Alina. ‘It helps us better understand how research works in other countries, enables us to meet new interesting people, and to discuss the development of our projects with expert colleagues.’