The impact of web-logs (blogs) on student perceptions of isolation and alienation in a web-based distance-learning environment

Year: 
2004
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Authors: 
M. Dickey
Journal/Conference: 
Open Learning
Abstract: 
In the rush to promote the use of computer-mediated technologies for both traditional and distance learning, relatively little research has been conducted about learner feelings of isolation, alienation and frustration. More recent technologies such as web-logs (blogs) may provide a wider range of tools for bridging learners feelings of isolation. The purpose of this research is to investigate the impact of using blogs in a web-based learning environment. This qualitative investigation presents an interpretive case study of student perceptions of using blogs in a web-based technology integration course for K-12 pre-service teacher education students. Findings indicate that the use of blogs helped prevent feelings of isolation and alienation for distance learners.
Full text: 
Yes
Relevant: 
No
Empirical: 
Yes
Comments: 
Appropriateness of research design: 
3
Appropriateness of methods/analysis: 
3
Generalisability: 
3
Can findings be trusted in answering RQs: 
3
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Main conclusions from paper: 
Findings indicate that the use of blogs helped prevent feelings of isolation and alienation for distance learners.