ERIC Number: ED383282
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
A Study of Interaction in Distance Learning. Interim Technical Report for Period June-August 1994.
Main, Robert G.; Riise, Eric
A more comprehensive definition of the variable "interaction" is needed to answer the numerous questions concerning interaction effects in distance learning. This study attempts to qualify the concept of interaction by applying various dimensions such as amount, timeliness, method, spontaneity, and quality. In turn, these dimensions of interaction lend themselves to the creation of a taxonomy for research and evaluation purposes. Background information on instruction, communication, and interaction is provided. The relationship of interaction to other instructional variables, such as instructional strategy and course variables, is outlined. The paper concludes by recommending further research to enhance the interaction taxonomy and the overall body of knowledge relating to distance learning. (Contains 34 references.) (MAS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Armstrong Lab, Brooks AFB, TX. Human Resources Directorate.
Authoring Institution: California State Univ., Chico. Coll. of Communication.