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Perceptions and reflections: Using Skype chat to build a community of learners

Parker, J., Boase-Jelinek, D. and Herrington, J. (2011) Perceptions and reflections: Using Skype chat to build a community of learners. In: E-LEARN 2011 - World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare & Higher Education, 18-21 October 2011, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA pp. 1599-1604.

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      Abstract

      This paper is a report on the preliminary findings of two on-going studies conducted on graduate level courses for pre-service teachers. A survey was used to gather student perceptions about using Skype and written tutor reflections obtained for evidence of perceived advantages and disadvantages of using Skype to build a community of learners. Constant comparative analysis techniques were used to examine the Skype chat transcript. Findings indicate that students appreciated the opportunity to communicate in real-time with their peers and used the technology to connect with and support each on their learning journey.

      Publication Type: Conference Paper
      Murdoch Affiliation: School of Education
      Copyright: 2011 Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education
      Conference Website: http://www.aace.org/conf/elearn/
      Notes: Appears In: Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare & Higher Education 2011
      URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/5570
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