UNV-503 Article Summary

1 Article Summary
2 Article Summary The article to be summarized is Read-only Participants: a case for student communication in online classes by L. Nagel et al. (2009). According to L. Nagel et al. (2009), Read-only participants, Is the structure of online learning today. Online education is now seen as posting discussion posts when necessary and having little to no collaboration with classmates. This article summary Includes how read-only participation came about, and students who are more visible in the online classroom have a better chance and being successful in the course. Research Problem and Questions L. Nagel et al. (2009) wanted to investigate The relationship between online activity to learning and course completion. It also investigated how students' community interaction and behavior were related to success. Questions were made on how read-only participants came about. Methods L. Nagel et al. (2009) Presented an eight-week course to master students, and it was online. The participants ranged from 30 to 50 years old, and was a diverse group geographically. Throughout the eight weeks, a weekly assignment included an online research topic that they would have to submit as a discussion collaboration. This would allow their peers to review their assignment responses. The course also included group assignments, reflection blogs, quizzes, and a reflective essay. During the eight weeks, the professor also documented observations and provided feedback on the student's assignments. Additionally, they also use a program called LMS which will track the student's Activity throughout the course.
3 Findings The results of this study resulted in Student visibility, learning success, quality participation, group participation, Virtual community, and Facility support. The data it was found that the students received a failing grade or did not complete the course and known to be read-only participants in the class. Based on the data, the students with low visibility and communication with peers in the professor seemed unsuccessful compared to those who were overactive. This resulted in providing students with transparent feedback in their assignments as well as their classmates, motivating the students on what was expected for a particular assignment. (L. Nagel et al., 2009) Implications This study purported that the participation of students in online classes is essential. However, a few students who were read-only participants did not succeed in the class. It was found that students who contributed to the class or interacted with the facilitator the most completed the course successfully. Communicating frequently with the professor and classmates, there was more collaboration and confusion within the course. Read-only participants have set the standard of what learning online looks like.
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