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Recommended Citation: Sharp, J H, J B Huett, and J B Huett.  Importance of Learner-Learner Interaction in Distance Education.  In The Proceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference 2005, v 22 (Columbus OH): §2323. ISSN: 1542-7382. (A later version appears in Information Systems Education Journal 4(46). ISSN: 1545-679X.)
 
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Importance of Learner-Learner Interaction in Distance Education

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Refereed8 pages
Jason H. Sharp    [a1] [a2]
Computer Information Systems
Tarleton State University    [u1] [u2]
Stephenville, Texas, USA    [c1] [c2]

Jason B. Huett    [a1] [a2]
Media and Instructional Technology
University of West Georgia    [u1] [u2]
Carrollton, Georgia, USA    [c1] [c2]

Jason B. Huett    [a1] [a2]
Media and Instructional Technology
University of West Georgia    [u1] [u2]
Carrollton, Georgia, USA    [c1] [c2]

The purpose of this paper is to draw conclusions regarding the importance of learner-learner interaction when compared to learner-content and learner-instructor interaction in distance education. The paper examines current research concerning whether one type of interaction is more important than the other types. It briefly reviews the types of interaction that have been proposed for use in distance education, the importance of designing interaction into dis-tance learning environments, and the frameworks suggested for effective facilitation of inter-action. While current research may not be able to ascertain which type of interaction is most important to students in distance education, it is the authors' contention that, until research can further clarify the issue, the quality of distance education should improve with renewed focus on incorporating learner-learner interaction.

Keywords: distance education, interaction types, learner-learner interaction, design of interaction

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