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Interaction and Online Learning Communities
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, Appalachian State University, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Phoenix, AZ, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-55-6 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

Interaction, particularly in the form of communication or collaboration between students, is a vital component in any online instructional environment. Symbolic Interactionists have long supported the theory that our definition of the world around us, and subsequently our knowledge and understanding of that world, emerges out of the interactions that take place between individuals and groups. This paper discusses the findings from the data collected from a survey of 37 graduate students enrolled in a course in which a significant portion of the coursework and interaction was conducted via an online discussion board. The data and subsequent analysis provide a rich description of the interactions that took place and how a community of learners developed.

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Sanders, R. (2005). Interaction and Online Learning Communities. In C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, I. Gibson, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2005--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2320-2325). Phoenix, AZ, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved March 30, 2020 from .

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