Project «Creating opportunities to interact & learn in online learning environments for higher education»

What features of online courses create a learning environment that fosters interaction among students and between students and teachers? Which of these aspects of interaction and communication are important to create good opportunities to learn? In a first step to answer these questions, we gather data from surveys sent to all students taking online classes at UniDistance Suisse. Survey-questions aim at features of the online course, including the forms of teaching implemented and several aspects of communication and interaction. As outcome measures, we collect self-reports of learning success, overall evaluation of the course quality, and the grades the students achieved. We aim to identify statistical relationships between features of the course and outcome measures. In a second step, we plan to conduct follow-up interviews with a subgroup of teachers and students to gain deeper insights into central aspects identified in the first step.

Duration of project

01-10-2020 - current

Collaborators

  • Angelo Belardi, post-doctoral researcher, UniDistance Suisse
  • Thomas Reber, assistant professor, UniDistance Suisse
  • Henrietta Carbonel, researcher EDUDL+, UniDistance Suisse
  • Jean-Michel Jullien, head of EDUDL+, UniDistance Suisse

Funding

  • UniDistance Suisse
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