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ERIC Number: ED533158
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 192
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1248-6848-6
Connecting across the Web: An Exploration of Student Perceptions of the Effects of Virtual Social Learning on Student Professional Skills in College
LaVoy, Lynea D.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Edgewood College
The emergence of a new digital landscape coupled with the pervasive nature of digital experiences has fundamentally changed both current and future students in colleges and universities across the world. A new generation of learners has entered college armed with an understanding of technology that prepares them to have a greater control over their own learning (Bonk, 2009). A 2010 report from the U.S. Department of Education reports that our educational system needs to leverage the learning sciences and modern technology in order to create meaningful learning experiences that mirror students' daily lives and the reality of their futures. This study examines a sampling of 251 students taking classes during the Fall 2010 semester at a small, Midwestern private Catholic institution to glean student perceptions of the ability of Virtual Social Learning used in the classroom to create meaningful and connected learning experiences in order to enhance students' professional skills. The results of this study reveal that students perceive VSL can enhance meaningful, connected learning experiences, and VSL contributes to the development of professional skills including coaching/leadership development, cultural awareness, information technology and managerial communications. This research informs faculty and administrators of benefits associated with embracing VSL in the classroom as a useful tool for encouraging students to engage in their own learning experience and to have the necessary professional skills for success in the workforce. Future research on the use of VSL in the classroom could focus specifically on enrollment status factors to determine impact on enhancement of professional skills and meaningful, connected learning experiences. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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