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ERIC Number: ED460160
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Pages: 15
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Chat: The Missing Link in On-Line Instruction.
Roberson, Thelma J.; Klotz, Jack
As more courses in higher education move to an on-line format, a major concern that has arisen is the lack of personal interaction between the professor and student. The literature provides evidence that often on-line courses are configured and delivered in a style more often associated with independent study or correspondence work, i.e., students working independently to complete posted assignments at their own pace. While this format may work in some instances, it leaves a "missing link" in the learning curve for students since they lack the opportunity to benefit from the experience of structured dialogue and sense of community that can be created in a traditional on-site classroom environment. This paper supports the idea that students benefit from personal contact and access to the professor and learning is enhanced in courses with high degrees of interactivity among students. The paper suggests effective uses of e-mail, chat, and various Web-based tools to enhance interactivity and sense of community within the on-line course. Sample comments are also included from students who have taken courses that use the strategies described in this paper. (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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