ERIC Number: ED479581
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Oct
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Community Building: Facilitating Successful Online Courses.
McSporran, Mae; Young, Stuart
It is important to build a community of learners so that cooperative learning takes place. This is more difficult to accomplish online, where the lecturer has to overcome the natural reticence of students to post in shared class spaces. This paper suggests contructive methods of ensuring the success of an online course. These include: (1) reinforcing and recycling course content in a variety of integrated media and (2) encouraging students to become leaders and help their classmates. The paper reports the results (from 1999-2001) from three undergraduate and two postgraduate computing courses that each have a significant proportion of the course taught online. These courses are studied by students with a wide range of ages, ethnic backgrounds, life and work experiences. Widely ranging student participation rates are reported in a variety of online discussions and course exercises. Contributing factors to successes and problems are also discussed. (Contains 14 references.) (Author)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Mediated Communication, Constructivism (Learning), Cooperative Learning, Distance Education, Group Discussion, Higher Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Online Systems, Student Participation
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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