The Efficacy of Online Tools: How Technology Impacts Interaction

Note-Gressard, Shellie; Menchaca, Michael Paul
March 2011
Journal of the World Universities Forum;2011, Vol. 4 Issue 1, p13
Academic Journal
Interaction is an integral dimension of education that carries with it an extensive body of research. In the realm of online distance education, consideration of interaction is paramount, as it is dependent on technology. With the current and projected growth of online distance education enrollment, understanding the perceived effect online tools have on these learners will impact the future of distance education planning and design. This mixed methods study surveyed twenty-four students enrolled in an online educational technology graduate program on their perception of the efficacy of program specific online tools as they related to three types of interaction: learner-instructor, learner-learner and learner-content. The results showed student perception of satisfaction influenced the quality of the learning in distance education. Student satisfaction was influenced by the perception of community and interactivity. The online tools, as used by the instructor, were responsible in large part for providing the platform for interactivity and the sense of community in distance learning.


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