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ERIC Number: EJ1226427
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Aug
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0020-8566
Online Communication and Interaction in Distance Higher Education: A Framework Study of Good Practice
Vlachopoulos, Dimitrios; Makri, Agoritsa
International Review of Education, v65 n4 p605-632 Aug 2019
Distance education requires an instructional design approach that can lead to educational transformation. This is characterised by advanced flexibility, learner autonomy and extensive use of digital technologies to enhance learning outcomes. The main feature of such methodology is the physical distance between teaching staff, peers and educational institutions. Various technological tools are used to bridge this distance and improve communication and interaction. This article attempts to review the literature in the field, with the aim of highlighting strategies for enhancing communication and interaction in online learning environments. After discussing the theoretical framework for online communication and interaction, the authors outline the factors involved in creating well-structured, interactive and dynamic online courses and programmes for higher education students. The article explores the multi-dimensional aspects of communication in online learning environments and the differing forms of interaction involved. Using qualitative methods, the authors' aim is to produce a framework to help tutors and instructional designers develop more effective online courses in higher education. In addition, this article may be of value to researchers and scholar-practitioners interested in communication issues, to online learning designers, and to institutional managers recruiting teaching staff for online educational courses.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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