The Continuing Struggle for Community and Content in Blended Technology Courses in Higher Education

The Continuing Struggle for Community and Content in Blended Technology Courses in Higher Education

Richard A. Schwier (University of Saskatchewan, Canada) and Mary E. Dykes (University of Saskatchewan, Canada)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 16
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-950-2.ch010
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Abstract

This chapter reports a three-year case study of communication strategies in online discussions in a graduate seminar and extends preliminary findings from the first two years of the study (Dykes & Schwier, 2003; Schwier & Balbar, 2002). It discusses how different combinations of synchronous and asynchronous communication strategies were implemented in a graduate-level course, and examines how implementation strategies influenced the balance of community, social engagement, and content in online learning environments in higher education.

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