Harmony in Community: Analyzing Interactions of Students in Online Courses
Susan Wegmann, University of Central Florida, United States ; Joyce McCauley, Sam Houston State University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in San Antonio, Texas, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-61-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Online learning is gaining in popularity with students and with university faculty world-wide. Most researchers agree that developing and nurturing communities within the online environment are critical elements in creating rich and empowering learning experiences. There is, however, little direction for developing a community of learners among a global student body. This paper describes one university's investigation of its online courses as it explores the participation of diverse learners in four types of interactions: (a) learner-content, (b) learner-teacher, (c) learner-learner, and (d) learner-interface. We will begin to answer the question: What more must be done to encourage participation of all students so that a true community of learners can be developed?
Wegmann, S. & McCauley, J. (2007). Harmony in Community: Analyzing Interactions of Students in Online Courses. In R. Carlsen, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2007--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2869-2875). San Antonio, Texas, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).