ERIC Number: EJ1158891
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Using Voicethread to Create Community in Online Learning
Delmas, Peggy M.
TechTrends: Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning, v61 n6 p595-602 Nov 2017
A sense of belonging to a learning community has been identified as one of the factors contributing to greater student satisfaction and persistence in online education programs. Using the community of inquiry framework as a theoretical guide, the purpose of this study was to explore the role of VoiceThread, a web-based platform that facilitates cloud communication, in creating a sense of community for U.S. adult learners in the online environment. This study surveyed 39 students in a College of Education fully online master's program and in a blended doctoral program regarding their experiences using VoiceThread in their courses. Results indicate that students perceive VoiceThread positively in the creation of online community. Students reported feeling more connected their classmates due to the tool's ability to add voice to online activities. Students also felt more connected to their instructor due to VoiceThread's ability to humanize, or make the instructor seem real.
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Information Storage, Information Management, Adult Learning, Online Courses, Student Surveys, Masters Programs, Doctoral Programs, Blended Learning, Student Experience, Student Attitudes, Computer Mediated Communication, Interpersonal Relationship
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Education Level: Adult Education
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