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ERIC Number: EJ796650
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 11
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1096-7516
Story of a Conference: Distance Education Students' Experiences in a Departmental Conference
Exter, Marisa; Harlin, Nichole; Bichelmeyer, Barbara
Internet and Higher Education, v11 n1 p42-52 2008
This case study examines the impact of a program-wide event on the sense of community in a distance education program. The departmental conference examined in this study is intended to help students gain experience in sharing their ideas and plays a large role in building a sense of community among residential students and faculty. This study examines an effort to extend this community-building role to students enrolled in the department's fully online Distance Masters and Certificate programs. The study explores whether these students felt a need for such community-building experiences, what they gained from this experience, and what can be learned from what went well and what could be improved in the organization of the conference. Findings indicate that active participants felt an increased sense of community, but that not all students were interested in this type of community-building activity.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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