ERIC Number: EJ1145193
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
The Extent of Instructor Participation in an Online Computer Science Course How Much Is Enough?
Arslanyilmaz, Abdurrahman; Sullins, John
Quarterly Review of Distance Education, v14 n2 p63-74 2013
This study compares the discussion participation and performance of 7 undergraduate students enrolled in an e-commerce programming course during the spring semester of 2010 to that of 13 students enrolled in the same course during fall of that year. In the former course, the instructor participated in the required discussion only at the very end of the discussion period; in the latter, the instructor was an active participant at least once during the middle and once before the end of the discussion period. Students' discussion participation level was measured by their message-posting rate, and student performance was measured in terms of their scores on assignments. Results showed that the frequency and promptness of instructor participation have no effect on student participation or performance in online classes.
Descriptors: Teacher Participation, Undergraduate Students, Online Courses, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Computer Science Education, Programming, Group Discussion, Student Participation, Computer Mediated Communication, Teacher Student Relationship, Teacher Influence, Incidence, College Faculty, Multivariate Analysis
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