ERIC Number: ED470151
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Action Research on Building Learning Communities in Cyberspace.
Leh, Amy S. C.
The paper reports action research on Web-based courses conducted from 1999 to 2001. The expression "hybrid courses" is used in this paper to refer to the courses in which an instructor and students meet half or less than half of the regular scheduled meeting time, and such courses are the courses involved in this research. Participants of the study were the students in the 12 hybrid courses during the period 1999 to 2001. They were in-service teachers who were pursuing their Master's degree in Instructional Technology at the university and had little experience with hybrid courses. The goal of the research was to investigate students' opinions toward such courses and to examine the impact of using different strategies on online communities. Data collection relied on online discussion messages, observations, interviews, and surveys. Both quantitative and qualitative methods were utilized in this study. The results revealed that students and the instructor were in favor of Web-based courses and that the use of moderating strategies greatly influenced online communities. (Contains 10 references.) (Author/AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Annual Proceedings of Selected Research and Development [and] Practice Papers Presented at the National Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (24th, Atlanta, GA, November 8-12, 2001). Volumes 1-2; see IR 021 504.