Students in online and distance courses lack many of the social contacts and interactions that face-to-face and in-person students have. This missing social aspect of the classroom may be solved by implementing an instant messaging (IM) tool into courses. The author suggests that IM can be either incorporated using in-platform IM or external IM systems either hosted by the school or outside corporate partners.
One drawback to using IM in courses would be the inconvenience of needing to be online at the same time as classmates in order to gain the most benefits from the tool. However, IM may also allow online students to form a better sense of community and belonging with the added social benefits.
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|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|In Publication||The Internet and Higher Education|
|Type of Research||Quantitative|
|Research Design||Action research|
|Intervention/Areas of Study|
|Level of Analysis||Student-level|
|Specific Populations Examined|
|Specific Institutional Characteristics of Interest||2-year institution|
|Specific Course or Program Characteristics|
|Outcome Variables of Interest||Other|
|Student Sample Size||0-99|