Online students in traditional courses: the challenge of inclusion
Thursday, October 22 2:10-2:30 PM Location: Naupaka I
Abstract: Since a few years, the graduate programs of Education of two Quebec universities (U1 and U2) have implemented simultaneous bimodal courses. Based on video conferencing, these courses add online students to traditional in-class courses. They raise a number of challenges, among which is the inclusion of online students in the classroom dynamics. The objective was to better understand the quality of inclusion of online students in simultaneous bimodal courses. We used a mixed methodology with 45 in-class and online students and 7 teachers, involving interviews, questionnaires and video recording of each course. Some results are common to online students from both groups. However, when looking at perceptions of inclusion, results vary between the two groups of students, which can be explained by the fact that online students from U1 benefit from organizational advantages that do not apply to U2 online students.