Interactions among students in environments mediated by icts. An analysis of the social dimension of exchanges
This article aims to analyze peer interactions in virtual environments, focusing on the social and affective dimensions of communication. We worked with 34 graduate students and 42 students who were taking a postgraduate degree. The latter were comprised of 17 workgroups who worked on solving a proposed activity in a discussion forum. For data collection purposes, the online exchanges for each of the 17 fora in the study were then recorded. Finally,the social indicators were analyzed using the category system proposed by Garrison et al. (2000). Our results showed differences in terms of the social presence among the group of students (graduate and postgraduate). For the latter group, the social dimension had a stronger presence.
Peer interactions; group work; virtual environments; computer mediated communication; social dimension.