Student perception of the quality of discussion in a synchronous virtual classroom environment
Wednesday, June 27 4:45 PM-5:05 PM
Abstract: The interactive nature of synchronous communication environments is a crucial factor in decreasing ambiguity in communication and increasing participant collaboration. And while the format of the virtual classroom should also encourage robust discussion, the authors found this not to be the case in the online virtual courses in education they have taught. Curious as to why the quality of discussion was poorer than expected, the authors surveyed students enrolled in their virtual classes during the fall 2017 and spring 2018 semesters. Thirty students completed the survey (N= 29). Analysis of respondents’ Likert Scale ratings and answers to open ended questions about various aspects of the delivery method were analyzed.