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ERIC Number: EJ856754
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0268-0513
Encouraging Social Presence and a Sense of Community in a Virtual Residential School
Robinson, Kathleen
Open Learning, v24 n2 p127-139 Jun 2009
This study describes the theoretical rationale underpinning the design and implementation of a career-related activity as an optional element of a virtual residential school. The activity comprised an interview with a practising chartered psychologist recorded as an MP3 audio file, which was subsequently supported by an asynchronous discussion held in a dedicated online forum. The impact of the activity was assessed, based on the analysis of activity logs and the student response to a post-course survey, together with the ethnographic data from the discussion forum. The design of the activity and its value for enriching the student experience and encouraging social presence and a sense of community is discussed and shows that there were benefits from this approach. (Contains 2 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom