Learning together : developing a descriptive interaction pattern model of online learning networks.

Boon, V.J. (2016) Learning together : developing a descriptive interaction pattern model of online learning networks.

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Abstract:This research has studied the concept of interaction patterns in online learning networks. The central research problem of this thesis is therefore to develop a descriptive interaction pattern model of online learning networks, as described by the question: “What are the main components of interaction patterns in online learning networks?”. A second study has been conducted to empirically test part of this model, namely to answer: “What are the characteristics of five specific interaction patterns in online learning networks?”. An extensive elaboration of literature related to interaction forms the foundation for the first study, namely the development of a new model encapsulating all components related to interaction patterns in online learning networks. This includes the channels, interaction activities and indicators of interaction level. Also, the outcomes or learning network goals of the process are added, in order to visualize all steps of the interaction process. The second study involved a Q-sort method in which students participated and that tested the importance of specific interaction activities for five general interaction patterns related to working together in online learning networks. The results showed that in general, the activities assigned to group-regulatory interaction were perceived as more important than the social interaction activities. More specifically, it was made clear that certain activities were characteristic for one of the types of interaction patterns reviewed. In addition to various academic contributions, this research also gives insights in the many components of interaction patterns and the outcomes of interaction by students working together. Educational institutions could use this as a framework when structuring their classes.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:05 communication studies
Programme:Communication Studies MSc (60713)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/70854
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