The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Learner Perspectives on the Creation of Community within Syracuse Universitys Master of Library Science-Independent Study Degree Program.Report as inadecuate




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This paper presents a case study focusing on community among students in a distance learning program, the Syracuse University (New York) Master of Library Science-Independent Study Degree Program (MLS-ISDP). During July 1998, the researcher conducted interviews with Syracuse University faculty and staff involved in developing and administering the program. MLS-ISDP participants were contacted via the MLS-ISDP listserv, which includes current students and alumni; 15 students from 1993-1998 cohorts participated. Results indicated that MLS-ISDP students felt a strong sense of community, although their cohorts were distributed across as many as 21 states and countries. Topics discussed include a program description and key terms; MLS-ISDP demographics; factors which foster and sustain community, such as "boot camp" (i.e., the initial 7-day residency), other required on-campus residencies, introductions and biographies, list of residence necessities, cohort directories, cohort photos, assigned "buddies" from previous cohorts, listservs, required class participation, group projects, and a suggestion for introducing new and returning students to each other; administrators' perspectives on the beginning of the program and changes over time, residencies, group identity and rivalry, and listservs; and students' perspectives on residencies, group identity, and rivalry. (DLS)

Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Community, Computer Mediated Communication, Distance Education, Graduate Students, Group Dynamics, Group Experience, Group Unity, Higher Education, Independent Study, Interviews, Library Education, Library Science, Listservs, Masters Programs, Student Attitudes, Student Surveys











Author: Linden, Julie

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=9003&id=ED460676







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