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'Whatever you say, say nothing: student perceptions of online learning and community in Northern Ireland

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Austin, Roger and Hunter, William (2012) 'Whatever you say, say nothing: student perceptions of online learning and community in Northern Ireland. Irish Educational Studies, 31 (4). pp. 451-465. [Journal article]

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URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03323315.2012.673906

DOI: 10.1080/03323315.2012.673906


While there has been extensive research on online communities of enquiry, little work has been done on the extent to which cultural factors can inhibit studentparticipation. In this study of a ‘blended’ model of learning in which students attended face-to-face lectures but were required to take part in online seminars,we found that although most students felt that they belonged to a community of enquiry, there were considerable obstacles to their readiness to respond fully to the views of others. We ascribe these difficulties to the particular cultural contex tin which the learning occurred in Northern Ireland and contend that course designers should take account of such ‘cultural inhibitors’ in designing online or blended courses.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:online learning; classroom communications; technology; Northern Ireland; blended learning; communities of enquiry
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences
Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Education
ID Code:22357
Deposited By:Prof Roger Austin
Deposited On:31 May 2012 13:44
Last Modified:30 Jul 2013 12:39

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