USING ONLINE PLATFORMS AS AN EXTENSION OF LEARNING COMMUNICATION – FROM INSTRUCTORS’ PERSPECTIVES

Patricia Liana Ramo | Robert Caampued |

April 14, 2021
Education

Media and technology applications, particularly online platforms, have been widely used in the classroom. Learners exhibit a more positive attitude towards their learning experience when instruction includes technology. On the other hand, instructors are challenged to innovate curricula to include the use of various electronic and digital materials. Previous studies regarding the application of online platforms have revealed various benefits in terms of convenience and ease in disseminating information from both the perspective of the learners and the instructor. This research employed Social Information Processing Theory by Walther (2008) in the analysis of a semi-structured interview with a participant regarding her perceptions of how an online platform affects the communication process between the instructor and the learners. The data gathered and analyzed reveal that communication in an online platform is diversified and that online platforms provide an extension of the traditional learning environment. This research implies that users of online platforms use such technology for an improvement in both the teaching and learning experience of the instructor and the learners. Keywords: online platform, verbal cues, asynchronous communication

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