Impacts of e-Learning on High School Students: The Role of Conventional Interaction

By Amarin Tawata, Pitipong Yodmongkol, Nopasit Chakpitak and Paradorn Sureepong.

Published by The International Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Learning

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E-learning refers to technology used for learning, and it concerns interactions. No empirical study has explored e-learning interactions in conventional settings. This paper aims to examine how e-learning affects students’ interactions during their technology use and in conventional settings. High school students, who were familiar with digital technologies in leisure time, and teachers were participants. The study designed short film production as an e-learning activity, followed by interaction. It investigated how the activity affected the students’ interactions, by means of triangulated interviews with participating teachers and students to explore the students’ learning. The results showed that the short film productions led to frequent student–student and student–teacher interactions in online settings, for both academic and motivational purposes, because online technologies support easy interaction with other students and teachers, anywhere and anytime. Students saw that face-to-face interaction was more effective for motivational purposes. Students also interacted offline with parents and other school staff, including people in the community, to fulfill their learning. This implied that the students did not stop learning when they were not using digital technologies. For student–content interaction, the students preferred to use technology for learning and creating short films because it was easily accessible.

Keywords: E-learning, Interaction, Short Film Production, Digital Youths

The International Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Learning, Volume 23, Issue 1, March 2016, pp.19-27. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: March 2, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 783.096KB)).

Amarin Tawata

Lecturer, Faculty of Management Science, Silpakorn University, Ampur Cha-Am, Phetchburi, Thailand

Asst.Prof. Pitipong Yodmongkol

Dean, College of Art Media and Technology, Chiang Mai University, Thailand

Asst.Prof. Nopasit Chakpitak

College of Art Media and Technology, Chiang Mai University, Thailand

Dr. Paradorn Sureepong

Lecturer, College of Arts, Media and Technology, Chiang Mai University, Muang, Chiang Mai, Thailand