Turning Internet Chat Rooms into Virtual Learning Communities
Minjuan Wang, Laura Bock, Educational Technology, San Diego State University, United States
E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Phoenix, Arizona, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-50-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA
Although previous research suggested that some form of social learning may take place within online chat rooms, there is a lack of study on unstructured online mentoring and the forming of learning communities in chat rooms frequented by college students. This study therefore seeks to investigate the occurrence of mentoring relationships and learning communities in college chat rooms. Questions to be addressed include: 1) Do college students frequent chat rooms for the purpose of obtaining information related to their studies? 2) Do mentor-protegé relationships develop in informal chat rooms and do they positively influence academic study? 3) Do the relationships developed in informal chat rooms positively affect self-directed learning and self-confidence? The results of this study will greatly benefit the pursuit of the optimal learning environment. Educators may use this information in determining how to better facilitate chatroom discussions to enhance student learning.
Wang, M. & Bock, L. (2003). Turning Internet Chat Rooms into Virtual Learning Communities. In A. Rossett (Ed.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2003--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 1985-1987). Phoenix, Arizona, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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