November was the last “Currently Reading” post featuring books. Since I began my new graduate class in January, I have certainly been reading… articles and book chapters.
Earlier this week, I had a short meeting with my graduate professor about my research paper for her class. I knew I wanted to focus on the relationship between students and teachers in the online environment, but my amazing professor steered me toward a more clear focus. For the next month, I will be researching, conducting interviews, analyzing qualitative data, and writing about how to create a dialogic experience in the online environment.
So far, I’ve been reading articles by scholars in the field. Of my reading list of about 20 articles, I’d like to share a few favorites with you:
- “Faculty Perceptions of Cooperative Learning and Traditional Discussion Strategies in Online Courses” by Kupczynski, Mundy, and Maxwell
- “Creating effective student engagement in online courses: What do students find engaging?” by Dixon
- “Implications of Online Learning: Measuring Student Satisfaction and Learning for Online and Traditional Students” by Callaway
- “Effective Online Instruction in Higher Education” by Crawford-Ferre and Weist
- “Transforming Online Teaching Practice: Critical Analysis of the Literature on the Roles and Competencies of Online Teachers” by Baran, Correia, and Thompson
- “Can You See Me Now? Defining Teacher Presence in the Online Classroom Through Building a Learning Community” by Jones
Since joining the National Communication Association, I’ve also received a lot of great literature in journal and magazine form. I’m reading Spectra Vol. 49, No. 1 from March 2013. This special issue is focused on technology and higher education, and quite a few articles captured my attention. “On Teaching Public Speaking Online” by Everett E. Corum was right up my alley because of my struggle to teach a presentation class in an online environment. I am also reading Communication Education Vol. 62, No. 1 from January 2013 featuring some amazing research on student-teacher relationships as well as technology in the classroom.
If you have an interest in student-teacher communication in the online environment, or if you want to know more about a specific article, please let me know in the comments section!