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Students' Sense of Belonging in Online Classes: Does Age Matter?

, , University of La Verne, La Verne, CA, United States

IJOPCD Volume 6, Number 3, ISSN 2155-6873 Publisher: IGI Global


This study explored graduate students' perceptions of their sense of belonging in online classes, their comfort in participating in online discussions, and their technology skills. Differences in these areas among three different age groups were studied. Data were gathered via an online survey. The results of the data analysis showed that students, regardless of age, felt a sense of belonging and felt comfortable communicating in the online environment. The data also revealed that older students reported feeling more comfortable interacting with their classmates and disagreeing with their classmates while still maintaining trust than their younger counterparts. Such findings inform online educators in designing classes that meet the needs of all learners.


Decker, J. & Beltran, V. (2016). Students' Sense of Belonging in Online Classes: Does Age Matter?. International Journal of Online Pedagogy and Course Design, 6(3), 14-25. IGI Global. Retrieved June 2, 2020 from .



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