THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN STUDENTS' PERCEIVED SENSE OF COMMUNITY AND SATISFACTION, ACHIEVEMENT, AND RETENTION IN AN ONLINE COURSE by ProQuest

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									THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN STUDENTS’
PERCEIVED SENSE OF COMMUNITY
AND SATISFACTION, ACHIEVEMENT,
AND RETENTION IN AN ONLINE COURSE

Michelle A. Drouin
Indiana Purdue University Fort Wayne



       This study evaluated students’ sense of community, satisfaction, achievement, and retention in 3 sections of
       the same online undergraduate psychology course. Use of asynchronous discussion threads and students’ per-
       ceived interaction with fellow students and the instructor were all correlated with students’ perceived sense of
       community (SOC). When student-student and student-instructor interactions were examined more specifi-
       cally, the sum of student-student interaction variables was related to SOC, while the sum of student-instructor
       interaction variables was not. Additionally, although sense of communi
								
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