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Title: Exploring the attitudes, experiences and dynamics of interaction in online groups
Authors: Finegold, Adam R.D.
Cooke, Louise
Keywords: Collaborative learning
Computer-mediated communication
Higher education
Content analysis
Group work
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: © Elsevier
Citation: FINEGOLD, A.R.D. and COOKE, L., 2006. Exploring the attitudes, experiences and dynamics of interaction in online groups. Internet and Higher Education, 9 (3), pp. 201–215
Abstract: The aim of this research was to improve understanding of the attitudes, experiences and dynamics of interaction of students working in online groups. This was achieved through a case study of postgraduate Information Studies students using the WebCT discussion board at City University in the academic year 2004-2005. Qualitative and quantitative methods were employed in combination including questionnaires, interviews, document analysis and discussion board analysis. The latter method involved adapting an existing content analysis framework. The findings highlight the significance of group member participation, collegiality and familiarity among group members. Students enjoyed working in online groups and found the discussion board useful, but often gave preference to other communication methods. Lecturer presence in online groups was found to be important to students, but interaction on the group discussion board was mostly student-centred. Provision of non-referential topic-related information, opinion and solidarity were the most common types of interaction.
Description: This article was published in the journal, Internet and Higher Education [© Elsevier]. The definitive version is available at: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/10967516
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/3279
ISSN: 1096-7516
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