A systemic analysis of postgraduate students' experiences of computer mediated communication in a Web-based learning environment
The purpose of this study is to describe and offer a description of postgraduate
students' experiences of computer-mediated communication in an interactive
web-based learning environment. This is relevant to the South African context
regarding its appropriateness and feasibility as a distance-learning medium.
In this research study the collaboration of offline and online learning as a dual
medium is briefly looked at. Concepts involved in web interactions, such as
computer-mediated communication, are reviewed and some of these
experiences are described. A systems qualitative analysis was employed in the
research design, and consequently a systemic lens was utilised as the theoretical
perspective. This lens allowed for a revealing of interactional and communication
patterns involved in web-based learning environments.
The findings in this research study are discussed and some recommendations for
web learners and course presenters are briefly highlighted.