ERIC Number: EJ1099699
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Towards a Framework of Interactions in a Blended Synchronous Learning Environment: What Effects Are There on Students' Social Presence Experience?
Szeto, Elson; Cheng, Annie Y. N.
Interactive Learning Environments, v24 n3 p487-503 2016
A synchronous blend of online learning and "face-to-face" teaching is becoming a feasible instructional approach in higher education with the advent of technology. Although this learning mode is not new in higher education, little research has been done to contextualise social presence experiences in which effects of interactions were explored for enhancing learning. A qualitative approach was adopted using the case study method to examine the instructor and students' pedagogic interactions in the social presence of a blended synchronous learning environment. This paper reports an exploration of the blended learning with an online group of students at a remote site attending a computer-aided engineering drawing course synchronously with a face-to-face group taught by an instructor in a laboratory. The process of interaction was visually and verbally mediated by video-conference as if in an online face-to-face learning community. The findings show that the online and face-to-face groups had different social presence experiences in which interaction emerged. Emotional adaptation and practice is needed for the students and the instructor in such a complex environment. Based on the interaction patterns, a framework of interactions in the blended synchronous learning environment is conceptualised to inform course development and instructional design. Implications for further study are also discussed.
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Synchronous Communication, Computer Mediated Communication, Electronic Learning, Computer Assisted Design, Drafting, Engineering Education, Distance Education, Case Studies, Interaction, Interaction Process Analysis, Videoconferencing, Instructional Design, Student Experience, Learning Experience, Correlation, Undergraduate Students, Foreign Countries, Coding, Group Dynamics, Group Unity, Qualitative Research, Observation, Interviews, Focus Groups
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong
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