Community Building in Online Doctoral Programs: A Case StudyAmerican Educational Research Association Annual Meeting
OrganizationAmerican Educational Research Association
Conference DatesApril 8-12, 2016
Date of Presentation4-10-2016
AbstractNearly 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 InformationSharla 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/