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Synchronous virtual classrooms: Student perceptions from an online and blended education course

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2 Author(s)
Parker, M.A. ; Watson Sch. of Educ., Univ. of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington, NC, USA ; Martin, F.

Virtual classrooms are online environments that enable students and instructors to interact as if they were face to face in a classroom. In this study, the researchers compared the perceptions of 57 undergraduate students who used the virtual classroom in a fully online and a blended education course. Students in the fully online course rated the virtual classroom features and characteristics higher than students in the blended course. There were statistically significant differences for 9 out of the 16 features that were investigated. Three of the four characteristics were statistically significant. Instructors can integrate this information in their course design and delivery to ensure that students benefit from a rewarding learning experience.

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Technology for Education (T4E), 2010 International Conference on

Date of Conference:

1-3 July 2010