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The impact of icebreakers on participation in synchronous sessions of online learning classes
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, , Gazi University, Turkey

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Orlando, Florida, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-83-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA

Abstract

Icebreakers can be used for engaging students. In an online course, use of icebreakers facilitates an instructional environment to start up discussions where everyone can get to know each other (Varvel, 2002). The purpose of the study is to identify types and effectiveness of icebreakers used in online courses in a large scale tertiary level online distance education school in Turkey. Six open-ended questions will be used to evaluate 6 courses’ chat sessions for first two weeks of the semester whether instructors use icebreakers or not. The types and effectiveness of utilized icebreakers will be evaluated with a checklist developed by Conrad and Donaldson (2004).

Citation

Karatas, S. & Cakir, H. (2010). The impact of icebreakers on participation in synchronous sessions of online learning classes. In J. Sanchez & K. Zhang (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2010--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 511-516). Orlando, Florida, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved October 19, 2019 from .

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