Participation in online courses from the students' perspective

Ozkara B. O., ÇAKIR H.

INTERACTIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS, vol.26, no.7, pp.924-942, 2018 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 26 Issue: 7
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/10494820.2017.1421562
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.924-942
  • Keywords: Distance education, online learning, collaborative learning, problem based learning, grounded theory, KNOWLEDGE, MODEL
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


The purpose of this study is to uncover factors that affect participation in online classes from the student's perspective. Interest in the online environment has been increasing and renders the opinions of students participating in online courses more important since the opinions of students in this environment are closely related to interaction. It has been seen that lack of interaction creates a sense of loneliness, which causes students to drop their classes. For this reason, a qualitative study has been conducted about student experiences on the use of methods that increase interaction in an online environment and participation. Participants were given tasks based on collaboration, special attention was paid to make sure that the setting in which the participants found themselves was in accordance with the principles of the community of inquiry, computerized equipment was used to facilitate online interactions. 15 students worked based on collaboration and 15 students worked individually. Data was collected with interviews and reflection reports. Open, axial and selective coding was made by using the theorizing method. At the end of the study, it was determined that participation in online environment was affected in both groups by factors such as personal approaches, changing variables, mediated attributes.