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Interpreting the HOW of Interactivity in Offline and Online Learning Environments : Perceptions of Interactivity in Offline and Online Learning Experiences to Study Motivations and Engagement in the Context of Today's Participatory Media Landscape

Bodnar, Anita LU (2016) MKVM13 20161
Media and Communication Studies
Department of Communication and Media
Abstract
There are countless amount of questions about online learning today, this dissertation meant to extensively address two of them: the importance of control over learning pace and synchronous social learning – in other words – interactivity. Placing online learning in the context of the current participatory media landscape serves with understanding why people engage and participate and how these motives are related to learning online.
The aim of this research is to map out different perspectives of online learning taking into account these two major approaches and dive into related concepts such as the importance of being seen, the dynamics of meaningful contribution with perceived level of autonomy in learning, the broader social context... (More)
There are countless amount of questions about online learning today, this dissertation meant to extensively address two of them: the importance of control over learning pace and synchronous social learning – in other words – interactivity. Placing online learning in the context of the current participatory media landscape serves with understanding why people engage and participate and how these motives are related to learning online.
The aim of this research is to map out different perspectives of online learning taking into account these two major approaches and dive into related concepts such as the importance of being seen, the dynamics of meaningful contribution with perceived level of autonomy in learning, the broader social context in which learning becomes performed, the effectiveness of interactivity in putting explicit knowledge into tacit and the desired level of interactivity when learning is being perceived voluntary and obligatory.
The next part of the dissertation will provide with literature on the field of online
learning, pushing forward the importance of interactivity that is explained as the missing feature of online learning environments compared to classroom ones, calling attention to include perceptions of offline learning into the study. The constructivist process of learning, the socio-cultural view that underlies the importance of collaborative knowledge creation, the process of knowledge management and the role of web-based technologies in their development will be addressed in order to stress the need for studying the effectiveness of online learning associated with interactive features.
The special focus of the research is to understand contextual factors that explain motivations and engagement with online learning in organization, using a phronetic case study approach of the company Clerk.io and qualitative semi-structured interview method with ten employees. The second half of the dissertation will explicitly analyze the answers of the interviewees and provide with an extensive dialogue between media theorists’ perspectives and the literature of online learning. Instead of providing with generalizations, the research contributes with how answers and invites online learning enthusiasts to study the dissertation’s conclusions in detail. (Less)
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Bodnar, Anita LU
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MKVM13 20161
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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online learning, offline learning, interactivity, participatory media, perceptions, qualitative research, case study
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English
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8888037
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2016-09-08 13:17:17
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  abstract     = {There are countless amount of questions about online learning today, this dissertation meant to extensively address two of them: the importance of control over learning pace and synchronous social learning – in other words – interactivity. Placing online learning in the context of the current participatory media landscape serves with understanding why people engage and participate and how these motives are related to learning online. 
The aim of this research is to map out different perspectives of online learning taking into account these two major approaches and dive into related concepts such as the importance of being seen, the dynamics of meaningful contribution with perceived level of autonomy in learning, the broader social context in which learning becomes performed, the effectiveness of interactivity in putting explicit knowledge into tacit and the desired level of interactivity when learning is being perceived voluntary and obligatory. 
The next part of the dissertation will provide with literature on the field of online
learning, pushing forward the importance of interactivity that is explained as the missing feature of online learning environments compared to classroom ones, calling attention to include perceptions of offline learning into the study. The constructivist process of learning, the socio-cultural view that underlies the importance of collaborative knowledge creation, the process of knowledge management and the role of web-based technologies in their development will be addressed in order to stress the need for studying the effectiveness of online learning associated with interactive features.
The special focus of the research is to understand contextual factors that explain motivations and engagement with online learning in organization, using a phronetic case study approach of the company Clerk.io and qualitative semi-structured interview method with ten employees. The second half of the dissertation will explicitly analyze the answers of the interviewees and provide with an extensive dialogue between media theorists’ perspectives and the literature of online learning. Instead of providing with generalizations, the research contributes with how answers and invites online learning enthusiasts to study the dissertation’s conclusions in detail.},
  author       = {Bodnar, Anita},
  keyword      = {online learning,offline learning,interactivity,participatory media,perceptions,qualitative research,case study},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Interpreting the HOW of Interactivity in Offline and Online Learning Environments : Perceptions of Interactivity in Offline and Online Learning Experiences to Study Motivations and Engagement in the Context of Today's Participatory Media Landscape},
  year         = {2016},
}