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ERIC Number: EJ875058
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-1528-3518
Using Synchronous Communication to Facilitate Graduate Students' Online Collaboration
Maushak, Nancy J.; Ou, Chaohua
Quarterly Review of Distance Education, v8 n2 p161-169 2007
This study was designed primarily to examine how synchronous communication facilitated graduate students' online collaboration and their perceptions of synchronous communication. Thirty online graduate students were required to use instant messenger (IM) to discuss their group projects and later post their reflections on their collaboration. The result of content analysis of the IM transcripts revealed that the collaborative interactions in face-to-face situations could be identified in students' online collaboration. Students' reflections showed that they deemed it as a positive and productive experience despite some scheduling and technical issues. Suggestions are provided for the design and implementation of synchronous communication for successful online collaboration. (Contains 2 tables.)
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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