Interpersonal interactions in the modified on-line learning environment
Jeong-Hwa Yang, University of Georgia, United States
University of Georgia . Awarded
The purpose of this study is to examine patterns of interaction among students and faculty in the modified on-line learning environment. The first research question was to find faculty's interpretations of student-instructor interaction in a modified on line learning. This study revealed five categories for this question: (1) the faculty gave individual assistance to the students; (2) faculty led the discussion; (3) faculty supported students to feel free to talk through the classroom interaction; (4) the faculty gave clarification; and (5) faculty gave fast feedback via on-line interaction.
The second research question was to examine faculty's interpretations of student-student interaction in a modified on-line learning environment. Two categories were found for this question. The faculty described that the students built a classroom culture through the student-student interaction and also received got help from each other via this method. In addition, the students also gave feedback to others' work through the on-line communication.
The third research question concerned the students' interpretations of student-instructor interaction in a modified on-line learning environment. Seven categories were revealed for this question: (1) students got individual assistance; (2) students asked questions; (3) students discussed proposed topics; (4) students got expert knowledge through the student-instructor interaction in the classroom; (5) students solved problems; (6) students shared information; and (7) students sent comments and issues to the instructor through electronic on-line communication.
The fourth research question examined students' interpretation of student-student interaction in a modified on-line learning environment. Two findings were noted. The students asked questions and shared knowledge and information with peers through the student-student interaction in the classroom. They also asked or answered questions to other students and felt connectedness-through the electronic communication in on-line.
Yang, J.H. Interpersonal interactions in the modified on-line learning environment. Ph.D. thesis, University of Georgia.
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