Factors That Affect Students Involvement In Synchronous Online Communication
Pei-Lin Liu, Hsing-Kuo University of Management, Taiwan ; Chiu-Jung Chen, University of Southern California, Taiwan
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Montreal, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-56-3 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
Although students dislike involving in synchronous online communication function offered by Internet-based courses (Bonk & Kim, 2004; Song et al., 2004), they are conversing over the computer in real-time outside the courses by using a variety of software. One of most widely used connectivity features in Internet is live chat through Instant Messenger. When people chat online, they communicate each others in real-time. One person is able to see messages from another person when they were typing or, in some cases, after messages are being typed. The purpose of this paper is to examine the reasons why people become involved with synchronous communication online and why the people continue chating on line. What is about the text-based environment that makes this interaction even "natural"? The paper also discusses the possibility to be applied in the synchronous discussion function of Internet-based courses.
Liu, P.L. & Chen, C.J. (2005). Factors That Affect Students Involvement In Synchronous Online Communication. In P. Kommers & G. Richards (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2005--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 743-747). Montreal, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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