April 20, 2018
UCI Student Center Woods Cove
Presenter: Peter McPartlan
Title: Improving the “Social Status” of Online Education
What happens to the quality of our day-to-day experiences when they get moved online? Although everyday activities such as shopping and communicating with friends can become more convenient, converting education to online spaces poses serious threats to its quality. What could be wrong with online education? Anybody who has ever agonized over whether to use a period or exclamation point at the end of an email has seen the risk we run when we take tone and body language out of communication. The quality of our interactions suffers. In my research, I explore how lower interactional quality in online college courses here at UCI may be limiting student's motivation and achievement. I demonstrate how accounting for motivation helps us understand who takes online courses and whether or not they succeed, offering solutions for future research and practice.