Gender and Cultural in Communication Preferences in Graduate Education: Classroom Discussion, Discussion Boards, Text Chat, or VoIP (Voice) Chat
Online distance education provides the opportunity for a more diverse student body in each class. Because of the method(s) of communication in a particular class, gender and cultural differences can lead to a different mix of voluntary communication in the class setting from that of a traditional classroom. Given the hybrid nature of the graduate degree in Library and Information Science at the University of South Florida, a comparison can be made among the same students in class using different methods of class communication. This paper will look at the differences experienced with female students of varying cultural backgrounds in their willingness to participate in class discussion depending upon the type or types of communication media used across the library and information science curriculum.
Keywords: Distance Education, Graduate Education, Online Education, Communication Preferences, Gender Differences, Cultural Differences
Dr. Vicki L. Gregory
Director and Professor, School of Library and Information Science, University of South Florida
Instructor, School of Library and Information Science, University of South Florida