ERIC Number: ED485112
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Oct
Reference Count: 15
Discovering the Meaning of Community In An Online Master's Degree Program
Lee, Joyce; Bray, Marty; Carter-Wells, JoAnn; Glaeser, Barbara; Ivers, Karen; Street, Chris
Association for Educational Communications and Technology, 27th, Chicago, IL, October 19-23, 2004
The purpose of this case study was to analyze the characteristics of an online learning community from the perspectives of 18 adult learners all of whom completed an online master?s degree program in instructional design and technology. This program was taught at a distance using the Blackboard.com e-learning system. Several program characteristics supported meaningful learning including institutional cooperation, students' prior experiences with technology, positive peer and instructor interactions, constructivist approaches to teaching and learning, cognitive changes generated through text-based, asynchronous critical discourse, accessibility and reliability of web-based technologies, and perspective transformations fostered by authentic assessments.
Descriptors: Institutional Cooperation, Constructivism (Learning), Online Courses, Instructional Design, Information Technology, Interpersonal Relationship, Computer Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Distance Education, Higher Education, Graduate Students
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Educational Communications and Technology, Washington, DC.