New Communication Media Challenges for Supervisors and External Doctoral Students

ID: 31740 Type: Full Paper
  1. Ronel Erwee and Peter Albion, University of Southern Queensland, Australia

Wednesday, March 9 10:15-10:45 AM Location: Evergreen

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Abstract: This study investigated perceptions of doctoral students and supervisors in an Australian university about communication challenges in doctoral distance education, frequency of communication between candidate and supervisors, satisfaction with meetings or communication, use of communication media and use of new types of personal media of communication. Forty-one doctoral students and nine supervisors confirmed their reliance on email communication via responses on a communications survey. Subtle differences emerged between the perceptions of doctoral students and their supervisors with reference to the adaptation of distance learning materials, the mix of synchronous and asynchronous interaction, and the use of new media of communication in the university. There was a less than positive perception of the use of discussion boards or online communities as learning tools.


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