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(pages: 1-7)

Bridging the Semantic and Lexical Webs: Concept-Validating and Hypothesis-Exploring Ontologies for the Nexus-PORTAL-DOORS System
Adam Craig, Seung-Ho Bae, Carl Taswell
(pages: 8-13)

The Learning Science through Theatre Initiative in the Context of Responsible Research and Innovation
Zacharoula Smyrnaiou, Elena Georgakopoulou, Menelaos Sotiriou, Sofoklis Sotiriou
(pages: 14-22)

Perceptions and Preferences of High School Students in STEM: A Case Study in Connecticut and Mississippi
Bin (Brenda) Zhou, Clifford Anderson, Feng Wang, Lin Li
(pages: 23-26)

A Study on the Meaning of the ‘Lifelong Learning to Be’ Implicated in the Philosophy of Nietzsche
Kwanchun Lee, Soo Yeon Choi, Un Shil Choi
(pages: 27-32)

Barriers to Social Innovation and Ways of Overcoming them in Latvia
Karine Oganisjana, Yuliya Eremina, Salome Gvatua, Benjamin Ngongo Kabwende, Ozoemena Joseph Chukwu
(pages: 33-38)

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle-Based Automobile License Plate Recognition System for Institutional Parking Lots
Julian Dasilva, Ricardo Jiménez, Roland Schiller, Sanja Zivanovic González
(pages: 39-43)

Dialectal Atlas of the Arab World - between Intention and Reality
Oleg Redkin, Olga Bernikova
(pages: 44-47)

IT Risk and Chaos Theory: Effect on the Performance of South African SMEs
Anass Bayaga, Stephen Flowerday, Liezel Cilliers
(pages: 48-53)

How to Apply the User Profile Usability Technique in the User Modelling Activity for an Adaptive Food Recommendation System for People on Special Diets
Lucrecia Llerena, Nancy Rodríguez, Pablo Gómez-Abajo, John W. Castro
(pages: 54-63)

Policies, Legislation and Regulatory Compliance Governance Impact on Strategic Management of Higher Education and Research Institutions in Latvia
Anita Straujuma, Inga Lapina, Elina Gaile-Sarkane, Modris Ozolins
(pages: 64-69)

Parallel Prediction of Stock Volatility
Priscilla Jenq, John Jenq
(pages: 70-73)

Hacking a Bridge: An Exploratory Study of Compliance-Based Information Security Management in Banking Organization
Tesleem Fagade, Theo Tryfonas
(pages: 74-80)

Improvement in the Physical and Psychological Well-Being of Persons with Spinal Cord Injuries by Means of Powered Wheelchairs Driven by Dual Power Wheels and Mobile Technologies
Yee-Pien Yang, Li-Jen Weng, Ye-Yu Yeh, Hui-Fen Mao, Ray-I. Chang
(pages: 81-87)

Data Mediation with Enterprise Level Security
Kevin E. Foltz, William R. Simpson
(pages: 88-93)


 

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Online Teaching and Learning at the Graduate School Level: Student Perceptions on Discussion Boards v. Synchronous Communication

Christopher N. Amos Sr.


This paper examines a group of graduate students and their previous experiences with online education, various teaching and learning online tools, and their perceptions on the effectiveness of these tools as it relates to their learning, interpersonal skills and communication. This paper presents the graduate student’s self-reported educational experience at a regional state university in the southeast United States in a 100% online Master’s Degree program. The data was collected through the use of a 28 open-ended question survey, which was completed by a group of 127 graduate students and the findings produced six main findings, which were:
 
1) The respondents indicated at a high percentage (85%) a high level (level 4, 5 and 6) of technology use and understanding.
 
2) The majority of the respondents (97%) indicated they preferred live synchronous sessions rather than discussion boards for learning content and communication.
 
3) The majority of the respondents (72%) indicated that when choosing future courses, the inclusion of discussion boards in a course was not important (34%) or somewhat unimportant (38%).
 
4) 100% of the respondents indicated that Live Elluminate Sessions were Highly Effective (65%) or Somewhat Effective (35%), as it pertained to understanding the content.
 
5) Respondents indicated that 59% (12% Highly Effective, 47% Somewhat Effective) of the respondents indicated discussion boards as an impactful way of learning content at the graduate level. It also shows that 41% (22% Somewhat Ineffective, 19% Not Effective).
 
This study helps universities identify the importance of synchronous learning in a digital format when delivering online teaching and learning. There is a clear change in the needs of students enrolled in 100% online courses, which will force university faculty to increase the synchronous interaction between them and their students and between the students and their peers. Keywords: Synchronous learning, discussion boards, Blackboard Elluminate.
 

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