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ERIC Number: EJ1106500
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1056-3997
Graduate Inquiry: Social Capital in Online Courses
Mays, Thomas
Mid-Western Educational Researcher, v28 n2 p162-186 2016
As colleges and universities increase their online course offerings, student social experiences in online learning environments require further examination, specifically for nonresidential students who may already be less integrated into college social networks. A social capital framework was used to guide this qualitative study of 17 nonresidential students and two faculty from two regional campuses of a public Midwestern university. Student participants reported different experiences in online courses compared to face-to-face (FTF) courses, expressly reporting the development of fewer friendships in their online courses, a lack of a sense of community, and an increase in the mechanical nature of their online course interactions. Participants described spontaneous interactions and physical presence as benefits to FTF classrooms over online classrooms. Addressing these issues will require a review of practices, processes, attitudes, and expectations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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