Alone but Together : Adult Distance Study Through Computer Conferencing / Edition 1

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Overview

As educators increasingly use computer networks to reach out to adult students at a distance, they are confronted with questions about this unknown realm of learning. Why are these distance students attracted to online courses? What are their impressions of the computer conferencing environment? How do they approach learning in an unfamiliar setting utilizing computer resources? What are the dynamics associated with discussions between dissimilar participants of a computer conference? How do online relationships foster learning? What do these and similar technologies mean for us as a society as we live and learn in an information age? Through research that spanned over a year and a half, the author explored these questions by interviewing adult students taking several different computer conference courses. Not only does Alone but Together investigate student perception of learning through this medium, it also presents a model explaining the factors affecting student participation, learning, and success in online courses. The book helps practitioners design and deliver effective distance education through computer conferencing that meets adult learner needs and fits the demands of the online instructional environment.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572730311
  • Publisher: Hampton Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256

Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1 Introducing the Conference 1
Ch. 2 The Distance Students 19
Ch. 3 Perspectives of the Computer Conference 61
Ch. 4 Learning Approaches to Electronic Study 99
Ch. 5 The Dynamics of On-Line Relations 127
Ch. 6 Learning and Living in an Information Age 149
Ch. 7 Alone But Together 187
Appendix: Research Methodology 205
References 217
Author Index 227
Subject Index 231
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