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Interaction and e-learning: the student experience

Thorpe, Mary and Godwin, Steve (2006). Interaction and e-learning: the student experience. Studies in Continuing Education, 28(3) pp. 203–221.


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A distinction between interpersonal and content interaction was identified in the literature, and applied in research undertaken on a selection of 36 courses. These courses differed in both the kinds of interaction offered and its integration in the teaching and assessment. They included different combinations and use of conferencing, email, interactive software and the Internet. Student comments on their perceptions of the positive and negative contributions of these computer-mediated elements are presented. The perceived benefits of interpersonal and content interaction are distinctive, and both can also have negative effects. Students value content interaction and interpersonal interaction for different reasons, and it is not helpful to privilege one form of interaction over another.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2006 Taylor and Francis
ISSN: 1470-126X
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetAndrew Mellon Foundation
Keywords: interaction; e-learning; learning outcomes; course design
Academic Unit/School: Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI) > Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 31298
Depositing User: Mary Thorpe
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2012 09:34
Last Modified: 02 May 2018 13:36
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