Impact of media and interaction variety on student attitudes in a web-based undergraduate course
Hsin-liang Chen, School of Information Science and Learning Technologies, United States ; James Patrick Williams, College of Staten Island, United States
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Vancouver, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-62-4 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
The investigators studied a large online course in which instructors present materials and communicate with students via instructional modules on a course website, outside readings on various topics, streaming multimedia lectures, synchronous chat, weblogs, and online tutorials for hands-on exercises. Data collection included seven surveys corresponding to course content, which were provided to the class of 162 students at different points during the semester. The findings show significant relationships among computer skills, online teaching materials, use of communication tools, learning experience, and satisfaction with the course. The results of this study suggest that online courses should provide a rich array of online media and communication tools to strengthen course interactions and student engagement. Additionally, educational institutions must work to prepare students, particularly female students, with relevant and necessary computing skills for comfort and success in online classes.
Chen, H.l. & Williams, J.P. (2007). Impact of media and interaction variety on student attitudes in a web-based undergraduate course. In C. Montgomerie & J. Seale (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2007--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 3469-3473). Vancouver, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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