Share Paper: New Communication Media Challenges for Supervisors and External Doctoral Students

  1. Ronel Erwee, University of Southern Queensland, Australia
  2. Peter Albion, University of Southern Queensland, Australia
Wednesday, March 9 10:15-10:45 AM Evergreen

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 ...