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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/32439

Title: The Relationship Between Class Size and Online Activity Patterns in Asynchronous Computer Conferencing Environments
Authors: Hewitt, Jim
Brett, Clare
Keywords: online learning
class size
activity patterns
computer-mediated communication
distance education and telelearning
adult learning
Issue Date: Dec-2007
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Hewitt, J., & Brett, C. (2007). The relationship between class size and online activity patterns in asynchronous computer conferencing environments. Computers and Education, 49, 1258-1271. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2006.02.001
Abstract: This study analyzes the relationship between class size and student online activity patterns in a series of 28 graduate level computer conferencing courses. Quantitative analyses of note production, average note size, note opening and note reading percentages found a significant positive correlation between class size and mean number of notes generated. Significant negative correlations were found between class size and average note size and between class size and percent of notes opened. Analyses of average reading speeds among large classes and small classes revealed that students in large classes were more likely to scan lengthy notes (i.e., notes that contain more than 350 words). Possible explanations for these results are discussed.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/32439
ISSN: 0360-1315
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