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Improving online communication for students in higher education contexts

Ohi, Sarah and Doig, Brain 2015, Improving online communication for students in higher education contexts, International journal of humanities and social sciences, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 55-69.

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Title Improving online communication for students in higher education contexts
Author(s) Ohi, Sarah
Doig, BrainORCID iD for Doig, Brain orcid.org/0000-0001-8971-6619
Journal name International journal of humanities and social sciences
Volume number 2
Issue number 1
Start page 55
End page 69
Total pages 15
Publisher Center for Promoting Ideas (CPI)
Place of publication New York, N. Y.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 1694-2639
Keyword(s) Higher education
information communication
online
research
distance education
educational technology
early childhood
Summary The study reported here sought to identify Higher Education students’ preferred modes of online communication whilst studying a wholly online research subject at University. The teacher education student participants from an Australian university were required to collaboratively conduct inquiry research projects in groups whilst relying upon computer-mediated communication. How do students communicate as a collaborative research group whilst only meeting online? The data were collected via the use of online pre-test and post-test surveys conducted ‘prior to’ and ‘post’ involvement in the unit of study and descriptive statistical analysis was applied. The findings revealed that important influences affecting students’ choice of communication mode included their own views on the capacity of online communication, their prior experience and the availability and accessibility of the modes. Furthermore, it was found that when given a choice, students preferred the use of asynchronous forms of digital communication to synchronous forms. Recommendations for improving online teaching, learning and research contexts in Universities are provided and the importance of considering blended mode delivery for wholly online units is argued.
Language eng
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
Socio Economic Objective 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
HERDC Research category C3 Non-refereed articles in a professional journal
Copyright notice ©2015, Center for Promoting Ideas (CPI)
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30074835

Document type: Journal Article
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