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ERIC Number: EJ1064390
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 70
ISSN: ISSN-1052-4800
Constructive and Disruptive "Ad Hoc" Communities in Higher Distance Education: An Analysis of Synchronous and Asynchronous Settings
Furr, Paula; McFerrin, Karen; Fuller, Frank
Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, v15 n1-2 p211-229 2004
Distance education fosters new kinds of collaboration--some intended, others unintended--among students and between students and instructors in college classes. The authors report the incidental learning activity within a complex of asynchronous online and compressed desktop video courses at a mid-sized university. Learning to use technology and assessing individual and group attitudes and behavioral patterns are the two particular outcomes. The results of the study illustrate the importance of incidental learning and of developing a learning environment that fosters positive outcomes. Theory and application concerning teaching and learning in online distance education courses and desktop video conferencing courses may differ.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A