Preferences of supervisors and external doctoral students for new communication media

Erwee, Ronel and Albion, Peter (2011) Preferences of supervisors and external doctoral students for new communication media. International Journal of Organisational Behaviour, 16 (1). pp. 30-39.


This study investigated perceptions of doctoral students and supervisors in an Australian university about communication challenges in doctoral distance education, frequency of communication between candidate and supervisors, satisfaction with meetings or communication, use of communication media and use of new types of personal media of communication. Forty-one doctoral students and nine supervisors confirmed their reliance on email communication via responses to a communications survey. Subtle differences emerge between the perceptions of doctoral students and supervisors with reference to the adaptation of distance learning materials, the mix of synchronous and asynchronous interaction, and the use of new media of communication in the university. There was a less than positive perception of the use of discussion boards or online communities as learning tools.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Management and Marketing
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2012 06:58
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2014 01:50
Uncontrolled Keywords: personal media of communication; distance doctoral students; distance education technologies; communication challenges
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0805 Distributed Computing > 080503 Networking and Communications
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150399 Business and Management not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies

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