In this assignment, you are to answer the below questions and respond to your group members with substantive feedback. This is a group discussion.

Case Study 2 (Approximately 1 Page)

Vicki has just started teaching graduate classes online at Star City College. Since she is new to online teaching and learning, she is very interested in how the learners describe their experiences of learning online. Particularly, she is interested in whether they feel that they are building community. She is also interested in relationship building in an online environment, as well as in student experiences with the technology that they must use for their class.

Vicki sent some emails to her class to get some preliminary data and also began reading about creating online communities in academic journals. She noticed, however, that there was little research into building relationships online in academic settings such as an online class or an online program of study. In addition, the studies mainly consisted of surveys of online students. She felt that she would like to conduct a study to gather a more in-depth perspective from the student’s point of view of building relationships online. She felt that this study would help her be a better online instructor.


In the group discussion forum, “Case Study 2,” answer these questions. Note that in several of the questions a case can be made for more than one answer. Your answer should not simply be “quantitative,” but also include a complete explanation for why you believe that to be the case. Your peers may have a different perspective on the case and be able to justify their answers. In the end, these perspectives will help you all to better understand the components of research. Approach the viewpoints with an open mind. Give each other constructive feedback and critique the reasonableness of the varied arguments.


  1. Should Vicki take a qualitative or quantitative approach to her study? Why?
  2. Using the purpose statement script from Chapter 4, write a purpose statement for Vicki’s study. At this point, just substitute the words “qualitative study” for the particular qualitative approach that Vicki might use.
  3. What is the central question for Vicki’s study? 

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