Designing an Interactive Student Orientation to Build Social Connectedness
Suriya Thongsawat, Gayle Davidson-Shivers, University of South Alabama, United States ; Bhudnumphueng Chatphoomiphong, Assumption University of Thailand, Thailand
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Washington, DC ISBN 978-1-939797-29-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
A new student orientation is arranged to assist students in their adjustment to college. To do so, it is essential for the program to provide students an opportunity to connect to other students, instructors, academic advisors, and the university. Recently, there are several mobile applications developed to promote collaboration and interaction between different parties in a classroom context. In this study, a mobile application designed to enhance collaboration and interaction was embedded into a new student orientation. A posttest only control group design was used to examine the impacts of integrating an interactive and collaborative application on social connectedness and school connectedness. Learning of the content delivered during the orientation was assessed using a pretest-posttest control group design. The results revealed that the integration of the mobile application yielded an increase in score on connectedness with other students, satisfaction toward the orientation.
Thongsawat, S., Davidson-Shivers, G. & Chatphoomiphong, B. (2017). Designing an Interactive Student Orientation to Build Social Connectedness. In J. Johnston (Ed.), Proceedings of EdMedia 2017 (pp. 1116-1124). Washington, DC: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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