Utilising synchronous web mediated communications as a booster to sense of community in an online teaching and learning environment

Shield, Paul G., Atweh, Bill, & Singh, Parlo (2005) Utilising synchronous web mediated communications as a booster to sense of community in an online teaching and learning environment. In ASCILITE conference, October 2005, QUT, Brisbane.


This paper examines the enabling effect of using synchronous internet mediated communication technologies to develop a Sense of Community (SOC) in a group of post graduate students consisting of a mix of on-campus and off campus students. The SOC is seen as an important constituent of a community of learners. An instrument was developed to measure SOC and the underlying dimensions of community identity, learning discourse and emotion. It is argued that a similar SOC is experienced by the on campus group and off campus group as a result of the synchronous events. It is further argued that both these groups developed a greater SOC than the control group.

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ID Code: 3014
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: learning community, sense of community, synchronous communication, internet mediated communication, Online teaching, ICT, research methods, Bill Atweh, HERN
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Please consult the authors.
Deposited On: 06 Jan 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2014 04:55

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