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Story of a conference: Distance education students' experiences in a departmental conference
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Internet and Higher Education Volume 11, Number 1, ISSN 1096-7516 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd

Abstract

This case study examines the impact of a program-wide event on the sense of community in a distance education program. The departmental conference examined in this study is intended to help students gain experience in sharing their ideas and plays a large role in building a sense of community among residential students and faculty. This study examines an effort to extend this community-building role to students enrolled in the department's fully online Distance Masters and Certificate programs. The study explores whether these students felt a need for such community-building experiences, what they gained from this experience, and what can be learned from what went well and what could be improved in the organization of the conference. Findings indicate that active participants felt an increased sense of community, but that not all students were interested in this type of community-building activity.

Citation

Exter, M., Harlin, N. & Bichelmeyer, B. (2008). Story of a conference: Distance education students' experiences in a departmental conference. Internet and Higher Education, 11(1), 42-52. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved December 9, 2022 from .

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Full text is availabe on Science Direct: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.iheduc.2007.12.003

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