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Gunawardena, Charlotte N.; Ortegano-Layne, Ludmila; Carabajal, Kayleigh; Frechette, Casey; Lindemann, Ken; Jennings, Barbara – Distance Education, 2006
We discuss the development of an instructional design model, WisCom (Wisdom Communities), based on socio-constructivist and sociocultural learning philosophies and distance education principles for the development of online wisdom communities, and the application and evaluation of the model in an online graduate course in the USA. The WisCom model…
Descriptors: Teaching Models, Instructional Design, Internet, Constructivism (Learning)
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Gunawardena, Charlotte N.; Duphorne, Patsy L. – Distance Education, 2000
This study tested the Adult Distance Study through Computer Conferencing (ADSCC) model to determine if learner readiness, online features, and computer mediated communication learning approaches are associated with learner satisfaction in an academic computer conference. All three variables were correlated with learner satisfaction, with online…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Computer Mediated Communication, Correlation, Distance Education
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Gunawardena, Charlotte N.; Nolla, Ana C.; Wilson, Penne L.; Lopez-Islas, Jose R.; Ramirez-Angel, Noemi; Megchun-Alpizar, Rosa M. – Distance Education, 2001
Describes a study that used survey and focus group data to examine differences in perception of online group process and development between college students in Mexico and the United States. Discusses language, power distance, gender differences, collectivist versus individualist tendencies, conflict, social presence, time frame, and technical…
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Influences, Focus Groups
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LaPointe, Deborah K.; Gunawardena, Charlotte N. – Distance Education, 2004
Our pervasive adoption of CMC in higher education has far outpaced our understanding of the nature of CMC and, accordingly, how this medium should best be used to promote higher-order learning (Garrison, Anderson, & Archer, "American Journal of Distance Education," 15 (1), 7-23, 2001). Therefore, this study examined the relationship between peer…
Descriptors: Peer Relationship, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Teaching Styles, Structural Equation Models