Sense of Community in a Blended Technology Integration Course: A Design-Based Research Study
IRRODL Volume 15, Number 6, ISSN 1492-3831 Publisher: Athabasca University Press
This design-based research study explored whether "sense of community" was maintained while flexibility in the course was increased through an adoption of a unique blended learning model. Data collected in this study show a significant drop in the sense of connectedness score from a mean of 50.8 out of 66 to a mean of 39.68 in the first iteration. The score then began to gradually increase, reaching 50.65 in the third iteration. Results indicate that transitioning to a blended learning environment may be a suitable option to increase flexibility while maintaining a sense of community in a project-based course. Future research into specific aspects of course design such as maturity of design, age-level of participants, and context would further develop understanding in this area.
Harrison, J.B. & West, R.E. (2014). Sense of Community in a Blended Technology Integration Course: A Design-Based Research Study. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 15(6), 289-312. Athabasca University Press.