Virtual School Meanderings

January 30, 2017

Article Notice – Online Student Perceptions of the Need for a Proximate Community of Engagement at an Independent Study Program

As I mentioned in the New Issue: Journal of Online Learning Research – 2016 – Volume 2, Number 4 entry last week, I am posting notices of each of the individual articles throughout the week.

Online Student Perceptions of the Need for a Proximate Community of Engagement at an Independent Study Program

Darin R. Oviatt, Brigham Young Uiversity, United States ; Charles R. Graham, Brigham Young University, United States ; Jered Borup, George Mason University, United States ; Randall S. Davies, Brigham Young University, United States

Journal of Online Learning Research Volume 2, Number 4, 2016 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)

Abstract

Research suggests that collaborative learning designs for online courses which require interaction with teachers and peers promotes engagement and learning. K-12 students seek supplemental online courses to meet graduation requirements and desire flexibility which often conflicts with required interactions. This paper asserts that online independent study learners may create a Proximate Community of Engagement (PCE) in order to derive the benefits of collaboration and interactions. Using the Adolescent Community of Engagement (ACE) framework as a lens for identifying interactions, this study surveyed K-12 independent study students to assess their perception of the need for interaction with a support community while completing an online course. The study showed that students perceive the benefits of such a community and plan to receive support from parents, teachers, and counselors proximate to their location. The study also finds that the perception of the need is significantly greater for students taking a course for credit recovery than those taking the course for the first-time. Course providers can coach independent study students and family on how to create a Proximate Community of Engagement.

Citation

Oviatt, D.R., Graham, C.R., Borup, J. & Davies, R.S. (2016). Online Student Perceptions of the Need for a Proximate Community of Engagement at an Independent Study Program. Journal of Online Learning Research, 2(4), 333-365. Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

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