The Use of Online Synchronous Discussion Groups to Enhance Community Formation and Professional Identity Development

January 22, 2003

Synchronous online discussions are being increasingly used in higher education in order to facilitate learning and group interaction between on-campus and off-campus students. In response to calls from the engineering community to integrate humanities studies into the engineering curriculum, English and Engineering faculty at a large urban university collaborated to design an online literature discussion course for first-year engineering students.

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