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Dietz-Uhler, Beth; Lanter, Jason R. – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2012
To assess the effectiveness of a cooperative learning activity, students were randomly assigned to small groups and asked to lead an online discussion. Responses to a survey administered at the completion of the course suggest that the activity was effective in meeting its goals of promoting student interaction and increasing perceived student…
Descriptors: Group Activities, Cooperative Learning, Interaction, Group Discussion
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Dietz-Uhler, Beth; Fisher, Amy; Han, Andrea – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2008
Although the issue of student retention is a campus-wide one, it is of special interest in online distance learning courses, where retention rates are reported to be lower than in face-to-face classes. Among the explanations and theories of retention rates in online courses, one that struck us as most useful is a structural one, namely, course…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Online Courses, Psychology, Statistics
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Bishop-Clark, Cathy; Dietz-Uhler, Beth; Fisher, Amy – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2007
Web-based distance learning is a relatively new approach in higher education which is gaining in popularity. Because a Web-based classroom is so different than a traditional face-to-face classroom, the variables that influence success or satisfaction with such a course may be different than those in a face-to-face course. We investigated whether…
Descriptors: Personality Traits, Internet, Distance Education, Web Based Instruction
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Bishop-Clark, Cathy; Dietz-Uhler, Beth – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2003
In an exercise designed to assess the accuracy of the impressions we form of people in online settings, students in a Psychology of the Internet course were asked to interact with two people in two different Internet settings. First, students were asked to interact with "Tom" (a college student) in an asynchronous discussion board setting over the…
Descriptors: Internet, Communication (Thought Transfer), Computer Mediated Communication, Individual Characteristics