Students Perspectives of Competition in Asynchronous Computer-Mediated Conferencing
Vanessa Peters, Jim Hewitt, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE/UT), Canada
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Orlando, FL USA ISBN 978-1-880094-60-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
Abstract: The current study explored student perspectives on competition in asynchronous computer-mediated conferencing courses. A Likert-scale questionnaire was distributed to 57 students enrolled in graduate-level distance education programs. Nine of these individuals participated extensive interviews. The findings suggest that students experience subtle forms of competition while participating in their online courses. It is posited that marking schemes that focus on individual accomplishments may increase feelings of competition and undermine efforts to foster collaborative practices. To reduce the negative effects of competition, course instructors may need to develop assessment strategies that reward group, rather than individual, accomplishments.
Peters, V. & Hewitt, J. (2006). Students Perspectives of Competition in Asynchronous Computer-Mediated Conferencing. In E. Pearson & P. Bohman (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2006--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 445-449). Orlando, FL USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved March 26, 2023 from https://www.learntechlib.org/primary/p/23050/.
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