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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Vandeyar, Kaminthia
Email kami@impact.co.za
URN etd-09062005-140257
Document Title A systemic analysis of postgraduate students' experiences of computer mediated communication in a Web-based learning environment
Degree MA (Research Psychology)
Department Psychology
Supervisor
Advisor Name Title
Dr N Cassimjee
Keywords
  • Web-based learning
  • Web-based instruction (WBI)
  • computer-mediated communication (CMC)
  • e-mail
  • systemic analysis
  • qualitative research
Date 2004-12-09
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
The purpose of this study is to describe and offer a description of postgraduate students' experiences of computer-mediated communication in an interactive web-based learning environment. This is relevant to the South African context regarding its appropriateness and feasibility as a distance-learning medium.

In this research study the collaboration of offline and online learning as a dual medium is briefly looked at. Concepts involved in web interactions, such as computer-mediated communication, are reviewed and some of these experiences are described. A systems qualitative analysis was employed in the research design, and consequently a systemic lens was utilised as the theoretical perspective. This lens allowed for a revealing of interactional and communication patterns involved in web-based learning environments.

The findings in this research study are discussed and some recommendations for web learners and course presenters are briefly highlighted.

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