Reflections on a Community Lost and Found
Tim Savage, Ann FitzGibbon, Trinity College, Dublin University, Ireland
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in San Antonio, Texas, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-61-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Abstract: This paper discusses the impact on a continuing postgraduate class of an unexpected temporary loss of the technological platform sustaining the online aspect of their strong blended community. A questionnaire was designed to explore aspects of the impact upon the students. The data was analysed using computer assisted qualitative data analysis software (NVIVO). The students reported an increased awareness of the value of the community and limited satisfaction with alternative communication modes. The question of trust in the technology arose The timing of the interlude at the beginning of the year prevented some students from feeling engaged in their second year programme despite face-to-face contact.
Savage, T. & FitzGibbon, A. (2007). Reflections on a Community Lost and Found. In R. Carlsen, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2007--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2454-2461). San Antonio, Texas, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).