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Education Faculty Member Theresa Capra, Ph.D., Publishes Research on Online Learning at Community Colleges

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West Windsor, N.J. – Education faculty member Theresa Capra has had an article published in the Community College Journal of Research and Practice (December 2013). The article, entitled “Online Education from the Perspective of Community College Students within the Community of Inquiry Paradigm,” grew from the research she completed for her dissertation, which focused on online learning on a community college campus.

Capra evaluated the experience of 15 students taking fully online courses by examining social, cognitive, and instructional elements that are critical for meaningful learning. Her findings indicated a less than optimal online experience compared with classroom engagement, raising questions about the pedagogical soundness of fully online courses for community college students.

Capra suggests future research that continues to analyze the online learning experience at the community college level.

Capra presented the paper at two conferences: the Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning in October, and the Teaching Professor Conference last spring.

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