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The Communication Preferences of Collegiate Students

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This chapter presents findings on academic and nonacademic communication preferences of college students (N = 1986) related to academic and nonacademic purposes. The chapter reports on a descriptive comparative study which utilizes survey methodology to sample the college student population patterns and preferences for communication. The study specifically examines the use of technological tools which influence student communication preferences. Findings indicate a preference for face-to-face interactions despite the heavy utilization of technological devices. Participants report favored mobile communication modes which enable soliciting and sharing feedback. Educational implications which can be drawn from this chapter include the idea that educators should not only utilize reading and hearing communication methodologies but also technology which enables face-to-face encounters. The study reported on in this chapter provides further evidence which supports and encourages innovative academic uses of varied technological resources for academic communication.

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  • Communication
  • College students
  • Preferences
  • Technology

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Swanson, J.A., Renes, S.L., Strange, A.T. (2020). The Communication Preferences of Collegiate Students. In: Isaias, P., Sampson, D.G., Ifenthaler, D. (eds) Online Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Cognition and Exploratory Learning in the Digital Age. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-48190-2_4

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