Connecting online with external students : do we really know how to?

Nykvist, Shaun S. (2011) Connecting online with external students : do we really know how to? In Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Computers in Education, Asia-Pacific Society for Computers in Education, Le Méridien Chiang Mai Hotel, Chiang Mai.

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Students are often time poor and find it difficult to manage their time in relation to study and other external factors including work. Online study is no exception to this and in many cases where the student is studying in an online only environment, they are also working in full time employment. Higher Education institutions are now offering an abundance of courses online to attract more under-graduate and post-graduate students. It is in this sense that there is an ever-increasing need to understand the student of today and find ways to connect with them and support them in their studies. This paper will report on a small-scale case study of an undergraduate online-only group of first year education students and their associated online experiences in developing a sense of community whilst interacting with a learning management system and its associated tools. Further the paper will explore the mis-conceptions that are widely held by course designers and lecturers involved with online courses.

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ID Code: 46272
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: e-learning, web-based learning, digital natives, Virtual environments, communities of practice, Online learning, HERN
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Technology and Computing (130306)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Deposited On: 03 Oct 2011 00:33
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2013 22:49

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