Cousins Virtual Jane and Virtual Joe, extraordinary virtual helpers

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dc.contributor.upauthor Nagel, Lynette 2009-03-10T08:54:31Z 2009-03-10T08:54:31Z 2009
dc.description.abstract Higher education institutions deliver web-based learning with varied success. The success rate of distributed online courses remains low. Factors such as ineffective course facilitation and insufficient communication contribute to the unfulfilled promises of web-based learning. Students consequently feel unmotivated. Instructor control and in the courseroom further isolates students, whereas success rate increases when students unite in virtual communities. King (2002) increased student participation in his online classes by creating a virtual student, Joe, as a participating student and supplementary facilitator. This investigation responds to King’s call for further directions on how a virtual helper enhances online facilitation. This inspired our investigation of how Virtual Jane might augment online facilitation. King’s prediction, ‘‘It seems that Joe Bags may have a family in the future,” (p. 164) became a reality in a South African masters’ web-based class on web-based learning. en
dc.identifier.citation Blignaut, S & Nagel, L 2009, 'Cousins Virtual Jane and Virtual Joe, extraordinary virtual helpers', Computers & Education (2009), doi:10.1016/j.compedu.2009.01.003. en
dc.identifier.issn 0360-1315
dc.identifier.other 10.1016/j.compedu.2009.01.003
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Elsevier en
dc.rights Elsevier en
dc.subject Asynchronous learning en
dc.subject Retention rate en
dc.subject Online facilitation en
dc.subject Virtual communities en
dc.subject Virtual helper en
dc.subject.lcsh Education, Higher -- Computer-assisted instruction en
dc.subject.lcsh Web-based instruction en
dc.title Cousins Virtual Jane and Virtual Joe, extraordinary virtual helpers en
dc.type Postprint Article en

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