Share Paper: Group communication in an online environment: Grouping students based on cognitive flexibility

  1. Michiko Kobayashi, Southern Utah University, United States
Wednesday, March 9 6:30 PM-8:00 PM Hermitage C

Abstract: Cognitive flexibility affects one’s behavior and communication styles. Cognitively flexible people can choose appropriate behavior or verbal response from available options, depending on the situation. They also have a high level of self-efficacy in communication skills. Thirty-two preservice teachers are grouped, based on their cognitive flexibility and asked to discuss an assigned topic using a chat tool. The present study investigates how cognitive flexibility impacts group communication patterns and also overall course performance in an online learning environment.