Share Paper: Technologies that Assist in Online Group Work: A Comparison of Synchronous and Asynchronous Collaboration Technologies on Students’ Learning and Community

  1. Amanda Rockinson-Szapkiw, Liberty University, United States

Abstract: While the benefits of online group work completed using asynchronous CMC technology is documented, researchers have identified a number of challenges that result in ineffective and unsuccessful online group work. Fewer channels of communication and lack of immediacy when compared to face-to-face group work are a few of the noted limitations. Thus, research is needed to improve the online group work experience. As computer-mediated communication (CMC) technology has been identified as a critical element in effective online education, this study examines if the type of CMC technology used to complete online group projects influences online graduate students’ course points and ...