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An Investigation into the Affordances of Google Hangouts for possible use in Synchronous Online Learning Environments
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, University of Minnesota, United States

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Victoria, Canada ISBN 978-1-939797-03-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC

Abstract

Online education is growing with considerable speed and now accounts for a significant proportion of student enrollment at institutions of higher education in the United States. Despite the popularity of online education, there are concerns related to student learning outcomes and engagement that just cannot be addressed as effectively in an asynchronous learning environment. This paper investigates the potential benefits of synchronous learning environments using the theoretical frameworks of social constructivism, social presence, and transactional distance. Finally, the author examines the affordances of Google Hangouts, the video conferencing feature of Google+ for potential use as a synchronous learning environment.

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Isaacson, K. (2013). An Investigation into the Affordances of Google Hangouts for possible use in Synchronous Online Learning Environments. In J. Herrington, A. Couros & V. Irvine (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia 2013--World Conference on Educational Media and Technology (pp. 2461-2465). Victoria, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved October 16, 2019 from .

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