Communication Disorders Faculty Member has Article Published in Academic Journal
|Date: Tuesday, January 1st, 2013||Return to Archive|
Jo Shackelford, faculty member in the Department of Communication Disorders, had an article published in the International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (IRRODL).
Sense of community in graduate online education: Contribution of learner to learner interaction
Jo L. Shackelford, Marge Maxwell
Distance learning technologies offer a multitude of ways to build interaction into online courses to support learning. Based on social constructivism theory, this study explored which types of interaction are most predictive of students’ sense of community in online graduate courses at a regional comprehensive university. Surveys were used to measure sense of community and the frequency and importance of nine learner–learner interactions.
Interactions that were most predictive of sense of community were introductions, collaborative group projects, sharing personal experiences, entire class discussions, and exchanging resources. The interaction that offered the highest payoff to instructors was exchanging resources. The article discusses implications for online course design.
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Dr. Jo Shackelford
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Dr. Scott Lyons, Director of the School of Kinesiology, Recreation & Sport (KRS) at Western Kentucky University, was recently recognized by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) as a new Fellow of the College.
On Thursday, November 17th, students from the Department of Public Health in the College of Health and Human Services once again brought global health issues to the attention of the university community as part of International Education Week (IEW).
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