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Towards Understanding How and Why Learners Participate in Online Seminars
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics and Media.
2010 (English)In: 43rd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2010), Los Alamitos: IEEE , 2010, 87-96 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Online education is continuing to gain popularity ill educational institutions and organizations Hitherto, most research has occurred at aggregated levels, while few researchers have studied how and why individuals participate in online education It is essential to examine individual perceptions and relationships in order to understand how learners behave in relation to others. This paper investigates how learners participate in online seminars and why they participate in certain ways. An online class that attended asynchronous and synchronous online seminars was studied. Electronic logs were used to examine how online learners participated and interviews were used to explain why they participated. It was revealed that the learners took on different roles and that these roles changed depending on what mean of communication that was being used A number of participation inhibitors were identified and it was also suggested how these inhibitors can be addressed.

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Los Alamitos: IEEE , 2010. 87-96 p.
, Proceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, ISSN 1060-3425
Keyword [en]
educational institutions, electronic logs, learners participation, online education, online seminars
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Computer and Information Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-136488DOI: 10.1109/HICSS.2010.409ISI: 000282391800010ISBN: 978-1-4244-5509-6OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-136488DiVA: diva2:377539
43rd Hawaii International Conference on Systems Sciences (HICSS 2010) Honolulu, HI, JAN 05-08, 2010
Available from: 2010-12-14 Created: 2010-12-13 Last updated: 2010-12-14Bibliographically approved

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