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ERIC Number: EJ836737
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0360-1315
Cousins Virtual Jane and Virtual Joe, Extraordinary Virtual Helpers
Blignaut, Seugnet; Nagel, Lynette
Computers & Education, v53 n1 p104-111 Aug 2009
Higher education institutions deliver web-based learning with varied success. The success rate of distributed online courses remains low. Factors such as ineffective course facilitation and insufficient communication contribute to the unfulfilled promises of web-based learning. Students consequently feel unmotivated. Instructor control and in the courseroom further isolates students, whereas success rate increases when students unite in virtual communities. King (2002) increased student participation in his online classes by creating a virtual student, Joe, as a participating student and supplementary facilitator. This investigation responds to King's call for further directions on how a virtual helper enhances online facilitation. This inspired our investigation of how Virtual Jane might augment online facilitation. King's prediction, "It seems that Joe Bags may have a family in the future," (p. 164) became a reality in a South African masters' web-based class on web-based learning. (Contains 1 table and 2 figures.)
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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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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa