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Gender Effects on Online Learners’ Preferences for Discussion Modality
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference
  • Yu-Hui Ching, Boise State University
  • Yu-Chang Hsu, Boise State University
Document Type
Conference Proceeding
Publication Date
1-1-2015
Abstract
Audio/video discussion has been increasingly used in online courses due to its affordances to enhance online communication. However, whether learners of different characteristics can all benefit from this type discussion format has not been studied extensively. In this study, we examined whether gender plays a role in learners’ preferences and perceptions on audio/video discussion. 36 graduate students in an Educational Technology program participated and their perceptions have been collected after they experienced an audio/video discussion activity. The findings show that female preferred audio/video discussion more than male did, and more females felt that audio/video discussion connected them better with their peers. The findings in this study could provide implications for sound pedagogical decisions that meet students’ preferences.
Citation Information
Yu-Hui Ching and Yu-Chang Hsu. "Gender Effects on Online Learners’ Preferences for Discussion Modality" Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (2015)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/yu-hui_ching/44/