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Collaborative Online Activities That Promote A Sense of Community: Perceptions of Graduate Students
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, , Cal State University San Marcos, United States

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Phoenix, Arizona, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-50-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA

Abstract

In response to rapid technological change and the increased need for lifelong learning opportunities, educational institutions have developed varied distance education programs. Technology can allow individuals to take more responsibility for their learning, but educators must consider the strategies and activities that lead to building a sense of community for participants. In this investigation, students who participated in courses using online learning tools were asked to respond to a survey assessing how a variety of strategies and tools used in their courses led to increasing their sense of community. Findings reveal that the strongest strategies identified by respondents were: threaded discussions, public communication, group assignments, student discussions about interesting/timely/controversial topics, use of clear, explicit, descriptive language, and visual communication enhancements. The investigators will use this information in the planning and development of future courses.

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Hayden, K. & Hood, A. (2003). Collaborative Online Activities That Promote A Sense of Community: Perceptions of Graduate Students. In A. Rossett (Ed.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2003--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 1606-1609). Phoenix, Arizona, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved November 15, 2019 from .

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