ERIC Number: EJ836907
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Mar
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Immediacy, Cohesiveness, and the Online Classroom
Baker, Jason D.; Woods, Robert H.
Journal of Computing in Higher Education, v15 n2 p133-151 Mar 2004
This article highlights instructional communication and distance education research with an emphasis on the social dynamics of the online learning experience and their impact on the learning experience. Literature related to the twin concepts of immediacy and group cohesiveness--central constructs related to building an effective classroom social dynamic--will be reviewed in an attempt to glean insights for the practical adaptation of these constructs from face-to-face to online learning environments. Such social dynamics are not presented as the pedagogical ends of the instructor's role, but as the foundation, or means through which more intentional learning activities may be more effectively constructed in the online classroom.
Descriptors: Distance Education, Online Courses, Intentional Learning, Group Unity, Learning Experience, Educational Research, Teaching Methods, Communication Strategies, Interpersonal Communication, Class Activities, Higher Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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