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ERIC Number: EJ1048252
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Dec
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: EISSN-1492-3831
Sense of Community in a Blended Technology Integration Course: A Design-Based Research Study
Harrison, J. Buckley; West, Richard E.
International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, v15 n6 p289-312 Dec 2014
This design-based research study explored whether "sense of community" was maintained while flexibility in the course was increased through an adoption of a unique blended learning model. Data collected in this study show a significant drop in the sense of connectedness score from a mean of 50.8 out of 66 to a mean of 39.68 in the first iteration. The score then began to gradually increase, reaching 50.65 in the third iteration. Results indicate that transitioning to a blended learning environment may be a suitable option to increase flexibility while maintaining a sense of community in a project-based course. Future research into specific aspects of course design such as maturity of design, age-level of participants, and context would further develop understanding in this area.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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