The Effect of an Instructor’s use of Audio email Messages on Students’ Sense of Connectedness in the Online Classroom

By Lorraine Beaudin and Jim Henry.

Published by The Technology Collection

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As online university course offerings continue to rise, faculty members are seeking ways to enhance communication, connectedness and collaboration between participants. Student-teacher and student-student interactions in purely asynchronous distance learning courses are much lacking compared to similar interactions found in face-to-face teaching, potentially causing learners to experience feelings of isolation, thus reducing motivation and increasing dropout rates (Boulos, Tayor, & Breton, 2005). This paper explores the potential for the use of audio files to supplement online text materials in an attempt to provide a simple and effective method for helping students to feel connected in the online classroom.

Keywords: Online, Audio Attachments

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp.95-98. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 477.847KB).

Dr. Lorraine Beaudin

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Lethbridge, Canada

Dr. Jim Henry

Canada


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