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ERIC Number: ED542353
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 149
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-2673-3216-5
The Effect Different Synchronous Computer Mediums Have on Distance Education Graduate Students' Sense of Community and Feelings of Loneliness
Heuvelman-Hutchinson, Lorene R.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Liberty University
Because distance education is such a rapidly developing educational venue, knowing what factors impact success must be known. Loneliness and sense of connectedness, or community, are issues facing graduate distance education students. These issues may influence retention. The theoretical framework of a Community of Practice assisted in understanding the development of community using computer-mediated communication (CMC) systems. The research questions answered included whether the type of synchronous CMC used (text- or video-based) could impact loneliness and community from a distance. An experimental design (randomized subjects, control group, posttest only) was used with distance education graduate students to address the research questions. Hypotheses were not supported. Qualitative analysis of open-ended questions found support for development of community. [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; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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