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ERIC Number: EJ1147476
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0158-7919
"Not the Same Person Anymore": Groupwork, Identity and Social Learning Online
Jaber, Rowaida; Kennedy, Eileen
Distance Education, v38 n2 p216-229 2017
This paper argues that identity may be key to understanding why social presence has been considered so important to successful learning experiences. A qualitative case study of 10 students and 4 tutors in an online postgraduate education program was conducted. The research applied the work of Goffman to explain the relationship between social presence and support for the social production of identity online. Semi-structured individual and group interviews revealed the importance of trustworthy social interaction to support students' performance of identity and identity shifts in fostering deeper social learning. Implications for the design of effective online learning experiences are provided.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Europe; Asia; Africa; North America
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