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The Development of Social Interactions in an E-learning Community
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, University of Georgia, United States

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Washington, DC, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-54-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA

Abstract

Online learning community has become an important vehicle for the success of E-learning practices. The social interaction among online learners is crucial not only for knowledge construction and mutual supports, but also for reduction of isolation and anxiety during the learning process. This qualitative study explored the social and interpersonal interactions among adult learners in an online M. Ed degree program in a public university. Three students from this program were recruited and interviewed separately; the data was transcribed and coded with reference to the research questions to examine the main themes. The preliminary finding reveals the social interactions in an E-learning community has different features from that in the face to face context; being supportive and contributive is the starting point of building good relationships; students participate to social communications in three different patterns; and the social interactions can facilitate online learning in a variety of ways.

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Wang, H. (2004). The Development of Social Interactions in an E-learning Community. In J. Nall & R. Robson (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2004--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 2211-2216). Washington, DC, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved November 18, 2019 from .

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