The Pedagogy of Social Development in Online Learning

The Pedagogy of Social Development in Online Learning

Robert H. Woods (Spring Arbor University, USA) and Jason D. Baker (Regent University, USA)
Copyright: © 2005 |Pages: 8
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-555-9.ch224
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Abstract

Optimal learning outcomes, whether in face-to-face or online settings, are inextricably intertwined with the establishment of social networks among participants engaged in a collaborative enterprise. Students who feel socially connected to other students and faculty are more likely to persist in coursework and report higher levels of learning than those who report being less connected (McDonald, 2002; Rovai, 2002; Tinto, 1987; Wegerif, 1998).

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