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dc.rights.licenseCreative Commons Attribution License 4.0 CC-BY
dc.contributor.authorPeacock, Susien
dc.contributor.authorCowan, Johnen
dc.contributor.authorIrvine, Lindesayen
dc.contributor.authorWilliams, Janeen
dc.date.accessioned2019-09-05T12:27:09Z
dc.date.available2019-09-05T12:27:09Z
dc.date.issued2020-04-30
dc.identifier.citationPeacock, S., Cowan, J., Irvine, L. & Williams, J. (2019) An exploration into the importance of a sense of belonging for online learners. International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 21(2), pp. 18-35.
dc.identifier.issn1492-3831en
dc.identifier.urihttps://eresearch.qmu.ac.uk/handle/20.500.12289/9969
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.19173/irrodl.v20i5.4539
dc.descriptionPeacock, Susi - ORCID 0000-0002-7150-0796 https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7150-0796en
dc.descriptionIrvine, Lindesay - ORCID 0000-0002-3460-748X http://orcid.org/0000-0002-3460-748X
dc.descriptionReplaced AM with VoR 2020-04-17
dc.description.abstractOnline learning provides flexible learning opportunities but with it come notable issues. Fostering a sense of belonging and a personal connection is seen as fundamental by many educational researchers regardless of the learning environment. For online learners, nurturing a sense of belonging may present a way of improving their experiences and attainment as well as reducing attrition rates. Limited research has explored specifically sense of belonging and online learning. This article addresses that gap and reports a small-scale exploratory study using qualitative data collection and analysis methods to investigate its importance, or not, for postgraduates’ online education, by exploring the origins and nature of their lived experience of online learning and their sense of belonging therein. Our initial findings emphasise its importance for them as online learners and has identified three significant themes: interaction/engagement; the culture of the learning; and support. These early findings highlight the importance of their role in promoting a sense of belonging and in ensuring that there are opportunities for meaningful group and peer interactions and will be of interest to all engaged in online educationen
dc.description.urihttps://doi.org/10.19173/irrodl.v20i5.4539en
dc.format.extent18-35
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherAthabasca Universityen
dc.relation.ispartofInternational Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learningen
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.subjectSense Of Belongingen
dc.subjectOnline Learningen
dc.subjectOnline Groupworken
dc.subjectOnline Discussionsen
dc.subjectInteractionen
dc.subjectTutoringen
dc.titleAn exploration into the importance of a sense of belonging for online learnersen
dc.typeArticleen
dcterms.accessRightspublic
dcterms.dateAccepted2019-07-22
dc.date.updated2020-04-17
dc.description.volume21
dc.description.ispublishedpub
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen
rioxxterms.publicationdate2020-04-30
refterms.dateFCD2019-09-05
refterms.depositExceptionpublishedGoldOAen
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qmu.authorPeacock, Susien
qmu.authorIrvine, Lindesayen
qmu.authorWilliams, Janeen
qmu.centreCentre for Applied Social Sciencesen
dc.description.statuspub
dc.description.number2
refterms.versionVoRen
refterms.dateDeposit2019-09-05


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