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ERIC Number: ED562301
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jul
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
Student Experiences on Interaction in an Online Learning Environment as Part of a Blended Learning Implementation: What Is Essential?
Salmi, Laura
International Association for Development of the Information Society, Paper presented at the International Association for Development of the Information Society (IADIS) International Conference on e-Learning (Prague, Czech Republic, Jul 23-26, 2013)
Interaction and community building are essential elements of a well functioning online learning environment, especially in learning environments based on investigative learning with a strong emphasis on teamwork. In this paper, practical solutions covering quality criteria for interaction in online education are presented for a simple implementation using standard generally available tools. The solutions are evaluated on the basis of student experiences reported in writing in response to a qualitative survey given to adult university business students. In student responses, the importance of an active online presence by instructors was emphasised, as well as the availability of team meeting platforms. Blogs were seen as an effective way to support learning. Face-to-face interaction, both between students and between students and instructors, was seen as less important than expected. [For the full proceedings, see ED562127.]
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Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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