Masters Theses

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Human Resource Development

Major Professor

Vickie Johnson Stout

Committee Members

Greg Petty, Jackie DeJonge


The development of online instruction and the continuing increase in the emphasis toward distance education have changed the methods by which instructors communicate with students and vice-versa. The purpose of this study was to determine student perceptions of how online instructional communication and traditional classroom instructional communication differs. The study was conducted in the setting of the undergraduate Human Resource Development, Training and Development core, and an online survey was administered to students enrolled for the Summer, 2000 semester. Major implications of the study indicated (a) that students have definite communication preferences which the educator should strive to recognize and account for during instruction, and b) the lack of nonverbal communication in the online environment necessitates the enrichment of online communication techniques.

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