'Whatever you say, say nothing: student perceptions of online learning and community in Northern Ireland

Roger Austin, William Hunter

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While there has been extensive research on online communities of enquiry, little work has been done on the extent to which cultural factors can inhibit studentparticipation. In this study of a ‘blended’ model of learning in which students attended face-to-face lectures but were required to take part in online seminars,we found that although most students felt that they belonged to a community of enquiry, there were considerable obstacles to their readiness to respond fully to the views of others. We ascribe these difficulties to the particular cultural contex tin which the learning occurred in Northern Ireland and contend that course designers should take account of such ‘cultural inhibitors’ in designing online or blended courses.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)451-465
Number of pages15
JournalIrish Educational Studies
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 9 May 2012

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  • online learning
  • classroom communications
  • technology
  • Northern
  • Ireland
  • blended learning
  • communities of enquiry


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