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Dr. Andraž Petrovčič, Associate Professor

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  • Dr. Andraž Petrovčič, Associate Professor
    Phone: +386 1 58 05 200
    Email: is.jl-inu.vdf@cicvortep.zardna
    Office Hours:

    The information about the office hours is published in Slovenian.

    BP 13

    Undergraduate courses
    Digital lab for the social sciences
    Social media and digital technologies
    Research of the internet in society I
    Web analytics

    Graduate courses
    Digital presence practicum
    User experience research
    Expert sphere:
    ICT & aging, Mobile usability, Digital Inequalities, Internet Studies, Survey Methodology
  • Andraž Petrovčič, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana (FSS, UL). In addition to teaching courses in the field of social science methodology, data analytics and internet-related phenomena, he is a research fellow at the Centre for Social Informatics - CSI (FSS, UL). In 2020 he was appointed Adjunct Professor of Social and Public Policy in the field of Internet Research and Gerontology at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Jyväskylä. The main areas of his research work are (1) a multidimensional analysis of social support in personal networks as a factor of digital inclusion, (2) understanding the importance of indirect internet use for the development of digital skills in an ageing society, (3) the study of older adults' user experience with interfaces on mobile devices, and (4) analysing outcomes and determinants of acceptance of ICT-based services for independent living among older adults. As a research fellow at the CSI, he has participated in more than 20 national and international projects, addressing various aspects of development of information society in terms of the role of the internet and other ICT (services) in active healthy ageing, people's everyday life and digital (in)equality. At the present, he is the leader of the research project »The Implications of Proxy Internet Use for the Internet Skills of Older Adults« (2020-2023), founded by the Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS). Dr. Petrovčič is the co-editor of Interacting with Broadband Society (Peter Lang, 2010) and (co-)author of several chapters and articles published in top-tier journals, including New Media & Society, Computers and Human Behaviour, The Information Society, Telematics & Informatics, Telecommunications Policy, etc. He is an active member of the editorial board of the journal Human Technology, and served as a member of the programme committee of Human-Computer Interaction International (HCII) conference between 2016 and 2020. He has organised and (co-)chaired a number of thematic sections, conference panels and workshops at international conferences in the fields of survey methodology, social informatics, internet studies, and gerontechnology. He was awarded with the Solemn prize for young academics and university lecturers for exceptional pedagogical and research accomplishments of University of Ljubljana (2016) and received the Award of the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana for outstanding achievements in the field of scientific research (2019).
  • Selected peer-reviewed papers by research areas:

    Usabillity and user experience:

    Prevodnik, K., Hvalič Touzery, S., Dolničar, V., Zaletel, J., Laznik, J., & Petrovčič, A. (2022). Experience of patients with chronic conditions with telemedicine in primary care: a focus group analysis = Izkušnje kronično obolelih pacientov s telemedicinsko obravnavo v ambulantah družinske medicine. Obzornik Zdravstvene Nege, 56(4), str. 246–263. DOI: 10.14528/snr.2022.56.4.3150. [COBISS.SI-ID 134377219]

    Petrovčič, A., Peek, S., & Dolničar, V. (2019). Predictors of seniors’ interest in assistive applications on smartphones: Evidence from a population-based survey in Slovenia. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(9), 1623. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph16091623. [COBISS.SI-ID 36135517]

    Petrovčič, A., Boot, W. R., Burnik, T., & Dolničar, V. V. (2019). Improving the measurement of older adults’ mobile device proficiency: results and implications from a study of older adult smartphone users. IEEE Access, 7, str. 150412–150422. DOI: 10.1109/ACCESS.2019.2947765. [COBISS.SI-ID 36419421]

    Petrovčič, A., Šetinc, M., Burnik, T., & Dolničar, V. (2018). A comparison of the usability of a standard and an age-friendly smartphone launcher: experimental evidence from usability testing with older adults. International Journal of Rehabilitation Research, 41(4), str. 337–342. DOI: 10.1097/MRR.0000000000000307. [COBISS.SI-ID 35724893]

    Petrovčič, A., Rogelj, A., & Dolničar, V. (2018). Smart but not adapted enough: Heuristic evaluation of smartphone launchers with an adapted interface and assistive technologies for older adults. Computers in Human Behavior, 79, str. 123–136. DOI: 10.1016/j.chb.2017.10.021. [COBISS.SI-ID 35265885]

    Petrovčič, A., Taipale, S., Rogelj, A., & Dolničar, V. (2018). Design of mobile phones for older adults: An empirical analysis of design guidelines and checklists for feature phones and smartphones. International Journal of Human–Computer Interaction, 34(3), str. 251–264. DOI: 10.1080/10447318.2017.1345142. [COBISS.SI-ID 35061597]

    Digital inequalities in the ageing society:

    Kavčič, M., Petrovčič, A., & Dolničar, V. (2023). Model of acceptance and use of market-ready home-based e-care services: A qualitative study with care receivers and informal caregivers. International Journal of Human–Computer Interaction, 39(5), str. 988–1002. DOI: 10.1080/10447318.2022.2041898. [COBISS.SI-ID 105330179]

    Bartol, J., Prevodnik, K., Vehovar, V., & Petrovčič, A. (2022). The roles of perceived privacy control, Internet privacy concerns and Internet skills in the direct and indirect Internet uses of older adults: Conceptual integration and empirical testing of a theoretical model. New Media & Society, 14614448221122734. DOI: 10.1177/14614448221122734. [COBISS.SI-ID 122292739]

    Petrovčič, A., Reisdorf, B. C., Prevodnik, K., & Grošelj, D. (2022). The role of proxy internet use in sequential pathways of digital exclusion: An empirical test of a conceptual model. Computers in Human Behavior, 128, 107083. DOI: 10.1016/j.chb.2021.107083. [COBISS.SI-ID 82483459]

    Grošelj, D., Reisdorf, B. C., Dolničar, V., & Petrovčič, A. (2022). A decade of proxy internet use: The changing role of socio-demographics and family support in nonusers’ indirect internet access to online services. The Information Society, 38(4), str. 240–256. DOI: 10.1080/01972243.2022.2080782. [COBISS.SI-ID 111223043]

    Petrovčič, A., Reisdorf, B. C., Grošelj, D., & Prevodnik, K. (2022). A typology of aging internet users: exploring digital gradations in internet skills and uses. Social Science Computer Review, 08944393221117753. DOI: 10.1177/08944393221117753. [COBISS.SI-ID 119492867]

    Reisdorf, B. C., Petrovčič, A., & Grošelj, D. (2021). Going online on behalf of someone else: Characteristics of Internet users who act as proxy users. New Media & Society, 23(8), str. 2409–2429. DOI: 10.1177/1461444820928051. [COBISS.SI-ID 19518467]

    Grošelj, D., Reisdorf, B. C., & Petrovčič, A. (2019). Obtaining indirect internet access: An examination how reasons for internet non-use relate to proxy internet use. Telecommunications Policy, 43(3), str. 213–224.DOI: 10.1016/j.telpol.2018.07.004. [COBISS.SI-ID 35721821]

    Petrovčič, A., Slavec, A., & Dolničar, V. (2018). The ten shades of silver: Segmentation of older adults in the mobile phone market. International Journal of Human–Computer Interaction, 34(9), str. 845–860. DOI: 10.1080/10447318.2017.1399328. [COBISS.SI-ID 35275869]

    Dolničar, V., Grošelj, D., Hrast, M. F., Vehovar, V., & Petrovčič, A. (2018). The role of social support networks in proxy Internet use from the intergenerational solidarity perspective. Telematics and Informatics, 35(2), str. 305–317. DOI: 10.1016/j.tele.2017.12.005. [COBISS.SI-ID 35335773]

    Petrovčič, A., Fortunati, L., Vehovar, V., Kavčič, M., & Dolničar, V. (2015). Mobile phone communication in social support networks of older adults in Slovenia. Telematics and informatics, 32(4), str. 642–655. DOI: 10.1016/j.tele.2015.02.005. [COBISS.SI-ID 33244509]

    Online communities:

    Petrič, G., & Petrovčič, A. (2014). Elements of the management of norms and their effects on the sense of virtual community. Online Information Review, 38(3), str. 436–454. DOI: 10.1108/OIR-04-2013-0083. [COBISS.SI-ID 32640861]

    Petrič, G., & Petrovčič, A. (2014). Individual and collective empowerment in online communities: the mediating role of communicative interaction in web forums. The Information Society, 30(3), str. 184–199. DOI: 10.1080/01972243.2014.896683. [COBISS.SI-ID 32683357]

    Petrovčič, A., & Petrič, G. (2014). Differences in intrapersonal and interactional empowerment between lurkers and posters in health-related online support communities. Computers in Human Behavior, 34, str. 39–48. DOI: 10.1016/j.chb.2014.01.008. [COBISS.SI-ID 32550237]

    Petrovčič, A., Vehovar, V., & Žiberna, A. (2012). Posting, quoting, and replying: a comparison of methodological approaches to measure communication ties in web forums. Quality & quantity, 46, str. 829–854. DOI: 10.1007/s11135-011-9427-z. [COBISS.SI-ID 30132573]

    Survey methodology:

    Prevodnik, K., Trkman, M., Grošelj, D., Bartol, J., & Petrovčič, A. (2022). An Assessment of the Structural Validity and Measurement Invariance of the Web-Use Skills Scale for Aging Internet Users. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 25(10), str. 657–665. DOI: 10.1089/cyber.2022.0023. [COBISS.SI-ID 123448835]

    Grošelj, D., van Deursen, A. J. M., Dolničar, V., Burnik, T., & Petrovčič, A. (2020). Measuring internet skills in a general population: A large-scale validation of the short Internet Skills Scale in Slovenia. The Information Society, 37(2), str. 63–81. DOI: 10.1080/01972243.2020.1862377. [COBISS.SI-ID 46679043]

    Bartol, J., Vehovar, V., & Petrovčič, A. (2021, April). Should we be concerned about how information privacy concerns are measured in online contexts? A systematic review of survey scale development studies. In Informatics (Vol. 8, No. 2, p. 31). MDPI. DOI: 10.3390/informatics8020031. [COBISS.SI-ID 61630211]

    Petrovčič, A., Boot, W. R., Burnik, T., & Dolničar, V. (2019). Improving the measurement of older adults’ mobile device proficiency: results and implications from a study of older adult smartphone users. IEEE Access, 7, str. 150412–150422. DOI: 10.1109/ACCESS.2019.2947765. [COBISS.SI-ID 36419421]

    Petrovčič, A., Petrič, G., & Manfreda, K. L. (2016). The effect of email invitation elements on response rate in a web survey within an online community. Computers in Human Behavior, 56, str. 320–329. DOI: 10.1016/j.chb.2015.11.025. [COBISS.SI-ID 33758045]

    Sendelbah, A., Vehovar, V., Slavec, A., & Petrovčič, A. (2016). Investigating respondent multitasking in web surveys using paradata. Computers in Human Behavior, 55, str. 777–787. DOI: 10.1016/j.chb.2015.10.028. [COBISS.SI-ID 33672285]

    Complete bibliography:

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