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ERIC Number: ED447794
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 21
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A Case Study Describing Student Experiences of Learning in a Context of Synchronous Computer-Mediated Communication in a Distance Education Environment.
Sorg, Judith J.; McElhinney, James H.
Based on collaborative learning theories, this qualitative study describes seven adult students' experiences of learning in a context of synchronous computer-mediated communication within a distance education environment. The setting was an 8-week, Internet-based undergraduate/graduate sociology course sponsored by Indiana University Purdue University at Fort Wayne. The primary mode of instruction was text-based, synchronous computer conferencing (online discussions). Course requirements included weekly interaction in the chats among small groups of fellow students and the instructor. Data collection focused on a series of four interviews with each study participant and was supplemented by observations of participants' interactions in the synchronous conferences, learning journal entries, and a reflective journal maintained by the researchers. Analysis of the evidence focused on cognitive and affective responses as study participants learned computer competencies, critical thinking skills, and course concepts. As a result of this study, synchronous computer conferencing was validated as a potentially motivational and effective tool for interactive learning with computer-mediated communication in the distance education environment. (Contains 27 references.) (Author/MES)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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