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ERIC Number: ED427612
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Pages: 25
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Fostering Collaborative Learning among Students Taking Higher Education Administrative Courses Using Computer-Mediated Communication. ASHE Annual Meeting Paper.
Card, Karen A.; Horton, Laura
This paper presents findings from two studies on the use of computer mediated communication (CMC) in distance learning courses in higher education administration. The first study compared differences between students (n=17) in a face-to-face (F2F) classroom and students (n=7) taking the same course using CMC. It analyzed differences in interaction within learning groups, achievement of course learning objectives, and satisfaction with the course. CMC course students reviewed the instructor's lecture notes on the course's Web page, and discussed issues from readings and lecture notes with group members and the instructor via e-mail. Students also completed a survey following the class and met with researchers as a focus group. Among findings were: interactions between CMC group members were not as satisfactory as in the F2F group; participation was more uniform in CMC group discussions than in the F2F setting; and CMC students achieved course objectives as well as F2F students. The second study specifically explored learning group interactions in a course requiring a group project. Two F2F groups and three CMC groups used different interactive approaches. Although the CMC groups used e-mail for regular communication, they also chose to meet face-to-face, either to discuss issues or to organize the final project. Recommendations for Practice and a third study are discussed. (Contains 45 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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