ERIC Number: EJ1102854
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
The Development and Validation of the Online Learning Climate Scale (OLCS)
Kaufmann, Renee; Sellnow, Deanna D.; Frisby, Brandi N.
Communication Education, v65 n3 p307-321 2016
With the increasing popularity of online learning in higher education comes a need to examine students' perceptions about classroom climate in these environments. This two-part study proposes the online learning climate scale (OLCS) for doing so. Informed by both instructional communication and education, the scale consists of several variables related to teacher role(s) and behaviors, student characteristics, and course-specific structural issues to explain how students perceive climate within a computer-mediated classroom. Ultimately, this two-part study (a) constructed the OLCS and (b) established its factor structure and convergent validity.
Descriptors: Program Development, Program Validation, Rating Scales, Test Construction, Online Courses, Predictor Variables, Teacher Role, Teacher Behavior, Student Characteristics, Computer Mediated Communication, Factor Structure, Test Validity, Classroom Environment, Focus Groups, Undergraduate Students, Hypothesis Testing, Item Analysis, Factor Analysis, Likert Scales
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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