Factors influencing the overall interactivity of an online classroom: An empirical investigation
Pawan Jain, Fort Hays State University, United States ; John Cochenour, Smita Jain, University of Wyoming, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Charleston, SC, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-67-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
This study concerns the design and development of online instruction and specifically targets interaction and communication between online learners. Facilitating appropriate and meaningful interactions in designing instruction is a major goal for anyone developing a course, especially an online class. The guiding question of the study is: how do the instructional design elements and discipline area impact the quantity of learner-learner interactions or its sub categories- Planning, Contributing, Reflecting, Social Interaction and Parroting ? The data for this study will come from the online courses offered at one of the major Rocky Mountain University. The research subjects and courses will be taken from the College of Education, College of Business, College of Arts and Sciences and College of Health Sciences. One hundred graduate online classes, 25 from each college, will be analyzed. The findings of this study can be very helpful in efficient, effective and attractive designing of the online classes.
Jain, P., Cochenour, J. & Jain, S. (2009). Factors influencing the overall interactivity of an online classroom: An empirical investigation. In I. Gibson, R. Weber, K. McFerrin, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2009--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2814-2819). Charleston, SC, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).