|▲ UCAN (University community Association Network) did campaign of sharing briquette on February 16, 2011.|
Snulife in Seoul National University, Koreapas in Korea University and Ewhaian in Ewha Womans University… These are online-communities for those universities. Online-communities are groups of people with common interests who interact with each other mostly in cyber-space. Currently, people in their twenties typically enroll in the online-communities with their enrollment rate being about seventy percent. Dyeon is the largest online-community for Dongguk University and acts as an intermediary between Donggukian’s online and off-line communication. The Post met with and talked about Dyeon with Joo Hyeon-seok (’06, Law), who created Dyeon, Donnguk University’s online-community.
“Why did you decide to make Dyeon?” In response to this question, Joo answered that at first, Dyeon was not strictly a community in itself. It was made for students who earlier passed their entrance examinations for Dongguk University without taking the scholastic ability test. As time passed, however, the numbers continued to increase so it was decided to broaden into a community site to include all students of Dongguk University. “We needed more space for sharing information and I wanted to add a variety of content so students could gain additional help. I came up with this idea with Lim Han-sol (’06, Law, joint manager of Dyeon) and decided to construct it with him. At that time, there were already online-communities at universities like Snulife, Koreapas and Ewhaian, but we didn’t have one.” He added, “After we decided to make our community for Donggukians, we chose a Cyworld club as a base for our community and planned to develop it. That was because we didn’t have the skills to create our own homepage.”
|▲ A representative of Dyeon, Joo Hyeon-seok.|
There was some controversy over how to build our community. This was the anonymity issue. When the site was transferred, “There were students who were worried about a guarantee of their security. They insisted that it should be too easy to know who was posting comments and that we could learn about their personal information. To solve this problem, we made a system in which you don’t have to fill in your personal information to join Dyeon. What you must do is only certify that you are a student of Dongguk University by web-mail at Dongguk University.”
Dyeon was finally created. The organization of administration consists of an operation team, program team and content team. There is no support from the school or other companies. Instead, the site is managed by students of Dongguk University of their own desires. He said, “Having passion is the best strategy for doing this work.” We asked how they handled operating expenses. In response to this question, Joo answered that Shin Geun-woo (’01, Computer Engineering) helped us in a number of ways. He made an independent homepage for Dyeon. He also managed the homepage and paid the server fees although he already graduated from the school.
“What are some difficult things you have to deal with as a rep of the community?” Joo answered that as a representative, this would be to create contents. We have to make contents that satisfy the organization of administration and students, but there are a lot of restrictions. For example, some students who are active participants on the site advance views that are hard to satisfy with the ideas of the organization of administration and other students. Lastly, Joo said, “I gained a lot of skills from working on this project learning about human relations. By future planning, we will strengthen our contents and provide more events to induce students to participate in our community. I hope these services will be appreciated by the students.”
There are currently five services provided by Dyeon. First, you can exchange information related to contest exhibits, studies, information about examinations and timetables in Study. Second, in Community, you can write freely about what you would like to talk and share with other students. Third, you can gain information about the school, news of clubs in Lifestyle. Fouth, you can exchange exact and useful contents about professors and classes with other students. And fifth, in Webzine, you can check the latest information about Donggukians’ thoughts and columns.
Park Ye-jin (’11, Journalism and Broadcasting) said, “At first, I used Dyeon to gain practical information about professors and classes when I was planning my timetable. Before I connected with Dyeon it was difficult to gain useful information like this but Dyeon played this role well.” She selected ‘In search of Nemo’(service name) as a memorable service. She continued, “Many university students are interested in love and, ‘in search of Nemo’ can help students who only have one-sided love.”
In January, 2011, Dyeon joined UCAN (University Community Association Network), the online-community connecting several major universities in Korea. The alliance was organized to actively help students rather than help them passively by providing a simple space to communicate. Seoul National University and Korea University were among the first to belong to the community. Joo Hyeon-seok (’06, Law), a representative of Dyeon, said, “We needed more information about making the community, so I consulted with Park Jong-chan, a representative of Koreapas, online-community of Korea University. He explained about UCAN and suggested we join. We thought there were so many things that we could learn so we decided to join. Currently, various events are under discussion. We also hold a regular session to pursue the development of our community.”
Through the creation of our online-community students can now communicate with each other freely and exchange valuable information quickly. In addition, we can also gain a sense of belonging based on being part of a community. All of these things considered, the development of Dyeon has been a wonderful creation and we are proud to have it.
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