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ERIC Number: EJ1127605
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
Student Perceptions of Online Instructional Practices That Enhance Connectedness: Themes toward the Development of an Instrument
Lamport, Mark A.; Bartolo, Paula J.
Journal of Instructional Research, v1 p23-33 2012
This preliminary study examines online post-graduate students' sense of community. The purpose of the study is to identify salient themes toward the construction of an instrument assessing online community. Participants included volunteers from two online graduate courses (master's, specialist, and doctoral students) in a School of Education at a Christian university. Surveys measuring student connectedness and online tools that increase student sense of community were administered online. Results indicate that a majority of students positively experience a sense of community in the online classroom. Tools and instructional strategies identified as those most likely to promote a sense of community include discussion threads, personal introductions, and timely teacher feedback.
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Online Courses, Graduate Students, Sense of Community, Schools of Education, Church Related Colleges, Student Surveys, Student Satisfaction, Online Surveys, Online Systems, Computer Mediated Communication, Teaching Methods, Educational Strategies, Feedback (Response), Gender Differences, Computer Software Evaluation, Usability
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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