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The effect of the online collaboration method on the social presence of students at the Dutch teacher training institute

Colen, T. (2022) The effect of the online collaboration method on the social presence of students at the Dutch teacher training institute.

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Abstract:Most of the educational courses in the Netherlands have been replaced by online activities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Students and lecturers argue that the quality of education has decreased since courses are online, mainly because of the lack of social presence. Although students can collaborate online, they experience feelings of loneliness. Therefore, the current study investigated if and how the social presence of students is affected by online education. The main question of the current study was: ‘What was the effect of the switch to online collaborative learning channels on the social presence of students?’ All participants of this study were enrolled in the bachelor’s programme of teacher education for primary schools (Pabo) at the Saxion or Han University of Applied or Sciences. The main variable in this study was the social presence, additionally, the collaborative end product, sociability and work perceptions were examined. A questionnaire was administered to measure students’ experiences and lecturers were interviewed about their experiences regarding the switch toward online collaborative learning. Gathered data was analysed using a series of independent samples t-tests, and results showed a significant decrease in the social presence and sociability experience compared with previous face-to-face education. Thus, lecturers should focus more on these aspects during collaborative activities. Online education will become even more important in the future. Therefore, this study is a good starting point for future research on variables influencing online collaborative learning, to tackle the decrease in social presence.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:81 education, teaching
Programme:Educational Science and Technology MSc (60023)
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