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ERIC Number: EJ1005842
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-1528-3518
Connectivism in Postsecondary Online Courses: An Exploratory Factor Analysis
Hogg, Nanette; Lomicky, Carol S.
Quarterly Review of Distance Education, v13 n2 p95-114 2012
This study explores 465 postsecondary students' experiences in online classes through the lens of connectivism. Downes' 4 properties of connectivism (diversity, autonomy, interactivity, and openness) were used as the study design. An exploratory factor analysis was performed. This study found a 4-factor solution. Subjects indicated that autonomy and openness had a presence in their online course experiences. However, diversity was markedly lacking, and interactivity failed to distinguish itself as a factor although interaction was present in the courses. A third factor, suggesting an out-of-class component, also was found. (Contains 4 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A