ERIC Number: EJ891397
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
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Web 2.0 Technologies and Back Channel Communication in an Online Learning Community
Kearns, Lorna R.; Frey, Barbara A.
TechTrends: Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning, v54 n4 p41-51 Jul 2010
Communication, collaboration and community development are processes that contribute to student satisfaction and learning in online courses. This paper describes a study that investigated how campus and distance graduate students in a library science program communicated with one another outside the official boundaries of their courses. We conducted a survey to answer two research questions: 1) What Web 2.0 technologies do students use to communicate with one another outside of the formal structure of their online courses? and 2) What do they talk about in such communication? The results showed that, while students used a variety of technologies to communicate with one another, those enrolled at a distance made greater use of technology to communicate with one another. Moreover, clear preferences emerged according to age. Younger students preferred mobile technologies while older students experimented with a wider range of web-based technologies. We interpret these results and offer recommendations for practice based on our interpretation.
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Graduate Students, Distance Education, Online Courses, Library Science, Conventional Instruction, Communication Strategies, Computer Mediated Communication, Social Networks, Network Analysis, Social Support Groups, Communication Research, Technology Uses in Education, Student Surveys
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