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Conversations with students : what is it they want us to hear?

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dc.contributor.author Dreyer, Johann
dc.date.accessioned 2017-05-15T10:25:14Z
dc.date.available 2017-05-15T10:25:14Z
dc.date.issued 2016-10-25
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/22481
dc.description.abstract Interaction with students in Open Distance Learning (ODL) in Higher Education (HE) has been researched extensively as it is widely recognised as a crucial element of teaching and learning in such institutions. ODL in HE institutions are often blamed for lack of and bad communication with students. What is usually understood as interaction with students is student-study materials, student-student and student-lecturer interactions. Student-lecturer interaction mostly focuses on lecturer initiated interactions such as announcements on the Learning Management System and a bit less on student initiated interactions. Personal conversations initiated by students are seldom dealt with. The research for this lecture was therefore specifically and exclusively focussed on personal conversations between students and lecturers that were initiated by students. These conversations included e-mails, letters, faxes, SMS’s, Whatsapp messages, home phone and cellular calls, appointments, Skype conversations and conversations at workshops and school visits. The objective of the research was to firstly find out what students were conversing about, how they were doing it and how it manifested in practice. Several patterns emerged from this that might have significance for universities. The research however also went beyond this thematic analysis and it went into the realm of interpretation of conversations to try and determine the underlying stimuli, reasons and motivations student had for initiating the conversations, because that would reflect their innate needs. Effective personal communication in distance learning is of prime importance and is in fact one of the pillars of efficient student interaction which ODL institutions in HE strive for. Learners benefit from increased interaction. It would therefore be imprudent not to seek every possible opportunity to create avenues, means and the necessary time for lecturers to engage in such conversations with students. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (19 pages) en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Conversations en
dc.subject Students en
dc.subject Unisa en
dc.subject Open Distance Learning (ODL) en
dc.subject Higher Education (HE) en
dc.subject Teaching en
dc.subject Learning en
dc.subject Study materials en
dc.subject Student-student interactions en
dc.subject Student-lecturer interactions en
dc.subject Learning Management System en
dc.subject E-mails en
dc.subject Letters en
dc.subject Faxes en
dc.subject SMS’s en
dc.subject Whatsapp messages en
dc.subject Home phone and cellular calls en
dc.subject Appointments en
dc.subject Skype conversations en
dc.subject Conversations at workshops and school visits en
dc.title Conversations with students : what is it they want us to hear? en
dc.type Inaugural Lecture en
dc.description.department Curriculum and Instructional Studies en


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