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Relationships among collaborative learning, social presence and student satisfaction in a blended learning environment

Posted on:2012-05-05Degree:Ed.DType:Dissertation
University:Northern Arizona UniversityCandidate:Sorden, Stephen DFull Text:PDF
GTID:1467390011960647Subject:Educational leadership
The Social Cognitive Framework for Blended Learning (SCFBL) is proposed as a guide for designing blended learning experiences. The components of the framework include the executive function, learning goals and objectives, learning space, learning design, interactive environment and affective results. The primary conceptual framework for this model is based on social cognitive theory (SCT) and the related theory of self-regulated learning in social settings, focusing on the study of social knowledge and the cognitive processes that occur when humans construct their own subjective reality. This approach differs from sociocultural theory in that it focuses on the individual and how the individual interacts, affects and is affected by the social environment. The SCFBL is a social influence model rather than a sociocultural model.;This study reports results of the Collaborative Learning, Social Presence, and Satisfaction (CLSS) Questionnaire for subjects from one campus in a multi-campus community college system who participated in the spring 2011 study (98 students from 11 blended courses). The CLSS questionnaire measured the amount of perceived collaborative learning, perceived social presence and reported satisfaction in a blended course. The questionnaire consisted of a section of demographic questions and then three sections that measured the three constructs with a total of 34 questions (11 satisfaction, 8 collaborative learning, and 17 social presence). The data analysis consisted of (a) data screening (which brought the number of participants down from 108 to 99), (b) assessing for normality (which brought the number of participants down from 99 to 98), (c) descriptive analysis, and (d) correlational analysis using the Pearson Product Moment Correlation Coefficient (Pearson's r). A Mann Whitney U test was run separately on the nominal variables for Caucasian and Latino ethnicity, which found a significant, higher perception of social presence for the Latino participants. The descriptive analysis showed that the sample roughly mirrored the general population of the college. The correlational analysis resulted in the rejection of the first three null hypotheses, while the fourth was retained. The study concludes with a discussion on the implications of the results for education and blended learning, along with recommendations for future research.
Keywords/Search Tags:Blended learning, Social, Collaborative learning, Satisfaction
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