Dropout & Retention – eg. Pithers & Twyford 2000 suggest 30% - 68%, CSU >7% Self-efficacy – I am finally working INTERact out (quote, slide 4) – through to instructions for others as per chat in slide 6 - chat. Communication – nb. Chat use, slide 6 - chat Support – multiple avenues, readily available Technophobia - conquering the fear of the internet, the remoteness and the technology used to bridge that distance. Collaboration has value – Tapscott & Williams 2006; Rollett 2007; Poellhuber et.al. 2008, c/f Shirky 2008 Here comes everybody.
I had no experience of chat-rooms, had never heard of a wiki and knew that MSN was something that my teenage daughter seemed to be obsessed with during study time.... I therefore had reservations about my abilities with technology and whether I was capable of surviving the steep learning curve...Once I had a grasp of how to use these digital devices, I also became aware of what a powerful communication tool they can be. The subsequent conversations I engaged in combined with my professional reading also enlightened me to the importance of developing clear, effective communication skills. (student, male 2008)
The expression steep learning curve appeared in 72% of student reflections. All but three expressed some initial concern at the levels of technology expected by the subject and its assessments. Similarly powerful communication tool was a phrase used in 51% of the reflections as part of the students summing up of their activities.