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ERIC Number: EJ1017547
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
Online Interaction in Higher Education: Is There Evidence of Diminishing Returns?
Castano-Munoz, Jonatan; Sancho-Vinuesa, Teresa; Duart, Josep M.
International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, v14 n5 p240-257 Dec 2013
Online interaction is considered to be a key aspect of effective e-learning and improved academic achievement. However, few studies have examined how effectiveness varies with the degree of interaction intensity. Using data for 17,090 students from three Catalan universities, in this paper we study the productivity associated with five different levels of interaction intensity in learning. We also compare the results obtained for fully online education with those for face-to-face learning. The analyses show that interaction in online education has diminishing returns, while in face-to-face learning it does not do so in a pure way. These results have implications for determining the optimum level of interaction that should be sought when designing courses and educational policies.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Interaction, Electronic Learning, Evidence, Instructional Effectiveness, Productivity, Incidence, Conventional Instruction, Group Dynamics, Achievement Gains, Foreign Countries, Academic Achievement, Online Surveys, Interaction Process Analysis, Computer Mediated Communication, Blended Learning, College Students, Online Courses, Internet, Time to Degree
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Spain