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Presentation
Community Building in Online Doctoral Programs: A Case Study
American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting
  • Sharla Berry, University of Southern California
Document Type
Poster
Organization
American Educational Research Association
Location
Washington, D.C.
Conference Dates
April 8-12, 2016
Date of Presentation
4-10-2016
Disciplines
Abstract
Nearly 1/4 of graduate students enroll in online degree programs, despite attrition rates between 25 and 50% (Burnsed, 2011). A sense of community can serve as a protective factor against attrition (Rovai, 2002). This exploratory case study examines how doctoral students create community during their first year of an online program. Preliminary findings indicate that a highly structured program with co-curricular experiences, instructors that were engaging and made skillful use of technology and student’s intentional efforts to connect with peers were associated with a sense of community.
Citation Information
Sharla Berry. "Community Building in Online Doctoral Programs: A Case Study" American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting (2016)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/sharla-berry/1/