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Exploring Community College Student Perceptions of Online Learning
Morris, Terry Ann

Published2011
JournalInternational Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning
Volume 8, Issue 6, Pages 31-44
CountryUnited States, North America

ABSTRACT
The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore community college student perceptions of online learning within the theoretical construct of the Community of Inquiry (CoI) model, which describes the manner in which the elements of social presence, teaching presence, and cognitive presence interact to create an educational experience. An online questionnaire, interviews, and artifact reviews were employed in the study. Interpretive analysis was utilized to identify themes and provide insights into student perceptions of satisfaction and success with online learning. The findings of the study revealed aspects of community college student perceptions about online courses, related these perceptions to the social presence, teaching presence, and cognitive presence components of the Community of Inquiry model, and provided examples of successful instructional design and course facilitation techniques utilized in the online courses. The study findings provided insights about student perceptions related to communication and interaction, isolation, preferred course activities, and the positive impact of prompt and helpful instructor feedback. Recommendations for practical applications by instructional designers and instructors are provided.

Keywords online learning · community college · distance education · community of inquiry · social presence · cognitive presence · teaching presence · online student perceptions · student success · student satisfaction · instructional design

LanguageEnglish
RefereedYes
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