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ERIC Number: EJ822241
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Oct
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-1093-023X
Synchronous Communication and Higher-Order Thinking in a Tertiary Course in Occupational Therapy
Penman, Merrolee; Lai, Kwok-Wing
Journal of Interactive Learning Research, v14 n4 p387-404 Oct 2003
The use of the Internet to deliver courses at tertiary level is growing steadily, with the Internet being seen as the ideal solution to a range of issues facing educators in the 21st century. However, little is known as how best to use synchronous communication to support students' learning. This paper documents a New Zealand tertiary course entitled "Occupational Therapy and the Internet", delivered primarily on the Web using online chat. Findings from this study show that synchronous communication could facilitate content-related, in-depth, discussion and students valued the sharing of experience and the high quality of the learning gained. Issues in using synchronous communication in course delivery are also identified in this paper. (Contains 3 tables and 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand