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ERIC Number: EJ834090
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-1040-2454
Student Perceptions of Using Instant Messaging Software to Facilitate Synchronous Online Class Interaction in a Graduate Teacher Education Course
Wang, Lih-Ching Chen; Morgan, William R.
Journal of Computing in Teacher Education, v25 n1 p15-21 Fall 2008
This study investigated student perceptions of using instant messaging software for online interactive chapter discussions in a graduate teacher educational technology course. The criterion instrument was a 47-item scale that measured Chickering and Gamson's (1987) first four principles for good practice in undergraduate education, yielding reliabilities ranging from 0.837 to 0.895. Students rated the course significantly higher than their regular classroom courses, with stronger effects on perceptions of student cooperation and active learning, and weaker effects on perceptions of instructor contact and feedback. These findings support the proposition that instant messaging may be used as a technique to increase dialogue and thereby reduce transactional distance, especially among students, in an online course environment. (Contains 1 table and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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