Increasing Social Interaction in Online Classes Through Live E-learning

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Janice Wilson Butler, Michael Sullivan, University of Texas at Brownsville, United States

World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, Oct 15, 2007 in Quebec City, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-63-1

Abstract

Social interaction is a driving force in the behaviors and interests of Net Gen learners. Not surprisingly, alienation and isolation are primary reasons students drop or stop enrolling in online courses. This session provides rationale for the use of live e-learning tools in online courses to bridge the isolation students often feel. While these tools keep the learners involved and participative by providing a sense of community, they nevertheless present challenges in the initial stages of implementation. Multiple suggestions for overcoming inevitable technology glitches and management challenges faced when implementing live e-learning strategies will be discussed. Ideas for monitoring the effectiveness of e-discourse, attributes of genuine social interactions versus pseudo dialogues, and social cohesiveness in live e-learning classes will also be discussed. A demonstration of live e-learning will provide insight into the dynamics of using this tool in an online environment.

Citation

Wilson Butler, J. & Sullivan, M. (2007). Increasing Social Interaction in Online Classes Through Live E-learning. In T. Bastiaens & S. Carliner (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2007 (pp. 189-194). Chesapeake, VA: AACE. Retrieved November 28, 2014 from http://www.editlib.org/p/26326.


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