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Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education, v11 n4 p181-192 Oct 2010

The use of technology is particularly significant in today's distance learning scenario. It has maximized the opportunities for interaction between discussion groups separated by time and space. This article reports the responses to a survey carried out with distance learners at a selected institution of higher learning. The learners responded to a questionnaire on their participation in online forums. It also looks at the postings or entries in the learner management system by these learners for the completion of a course. The findings suggest that both learners and instructors need to play their respective roles effectively in the cyber space to promote online interaction which is crucial to the learning.

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Distance Education, Questionnaires, Management Systems, Student Attitudes, Student Participation, Computer Mediated Communication, Teacher Role, Student Role, Open Universities, English for Special Purposes, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Work Environment, Course Descriptions, Qualitative Research, Statistical Analysis

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Autor: Krish, Pramela


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