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||A systemic analysis of postgraduate students' experiences of computer mediated communication in a Web-based learning environment
||MA (Research Psychology)
|Dr N Cassimjee
- Web-based learning
- Web-based instruction (WBI)
- computer-mediated communication (CMC)
- systemic analysis
- qualitative research
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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