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Social presence, Web videoconferencing and learning in virtual teams

Giesbers, Bas; Rienties, Bart; Gijselaers, Wim H.; Segers, Mien and Tempelaar, Dirk T. (2009). Social presence, Web videoconferencing and learning in virtual teams. Industry & Higher Education, 23(4) pp. 301–309.

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The potential of information technology to facilitate collaboration in education has grown considerably in recent years. The use of Web videoconferencing, whereby learners in an online classroom can simultaneously collaborate using audiovisual communication tools, increases the learner's ability in social and emotional expression, thus improving communication which may enhance learning satisfaction. This paper compares two cohorts of students who attended the same online course in economics. Both could communicate via a discussion board and one cohort had the additional opportunity to participate in Web conferences. Contrary to expectations, learning satisfaction did not seem to increase with the introduction of Web videoconferencing. This finding leads to several questions for future research.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2009 IP Publishing Ltd
ISSN: 2043-6858
Extra Information: Special issue: The Mobility of Lifelong Learners and IT
Keywords: Web videoconferencing; collaborative education; online education; learning satisfaction
Academic Unit/School: Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI) > Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI)
Item ID: 39717
Depositing User: Bart Rienties
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2014 16:31
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 14:57
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