Organization

Jones internatioonal University

Project Description

Purpose
Online education is growing dramatically on a global basis. Many studies have been conducted on various aspects of the online classroom environment as well as comparing it to the face-to-face classroom environment. This general focus of this study is to look at how students in an online (CMC) environment are able to form a cohesive group to enable successful learning.

Methodology
To study cohesiveness, a self-answered survey will be administered to a group of online students. The survey is designed specifically to address the issue of cohesiveness in online student groups.

Research Question
The specific research question addressed by this study is:

“How do communication traits factor into group cohesiveness in a CMC environment?"
Survey variables
The Dependent variable for the study is the student’s perception of group cohesiveness.

The Independent variables for the study are:
Communication traits
CMC environments
Operationalizing the variables
The team is developing a survey to determine those communication factors that affect group cohesion in a CMC environment. The survey will ask a series of questions on communication traits, such as team membership, and group cohesion. The group will analyze the findings to determine which traits have the most and the least effect on group cohesion as well as those traits that appear to be positive and negative contributors to group cohesion in a CMC environment. The group also hopes to find patterns based on age, work experience, educational experience, and other demographic variables. The survey is comprised of both nominal and ordered questions.

Project Abstract

Purpose
Online education is growing dramatically on a global basis. Many studies have been conducted on various aspects of the online classroom environment as well as comparing it to the face-to-face classroom environment. This general focus of this study is to look at how students in an online (CMC) environment are able to form a cohesive group to enable successful learning.

Methodology
To study cohesiveness, a self-answered survey will be administered to a group of online students. The survey is designed specifically to address the issue of cohesiveness in online student groups.

Research Question
The specific research question addressed by this study is:

“How do communication traits factor into group cohesiveness in a CMC environment?"
Survey variables
The Dependent variable for the study is the student’s perception of group cohesiveness.

The Independent variables for the study are:
Communication traits
CMC environments
Operationalizing the variables
The team is developing a survey to determine those communication factors that affect group cohesion in a CMC environment. The survey will ask a series of questions on communication traits, such as team membership, and group cohesion. The group will analyze the findings to determine which traits have the most and the least effect on group cohesion as well as those traits that appear to be positive and negative contributors to group cohesion in a CMC environment. The group also hopes to find patterns based on age, work experience, educational experience, and other demographic variables. The survey is comprised of both nominal and ordered questions.

Surveys released for this project:
Questions
Group Cohesion 39
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