Date of Graduation

Spring 2021

Degree

Master of Arts in Communication

Department

Communication

Committee Chair

Stephen Spates

Keywords

affinity-seeking, instructional communication, classroom environment, motivation, rapport building, online classroom, instructional resources

Subject Categories

Higher Education and Teaching | Interpersonal and Small Group Communication | Online and Distance Education | Other Communication

Abstract

Affinity-seeking research once provided teachers with effective strategies to create an overall better classroom environment. Over the last twenty years there has been no continuation of this research and the effectiveness of these strategies seemed to be agreed upon. The purpose of this study is to bring affinity-seeking research back into the modern era and see how motivation is affected for both in-person and online classes. This study is a contribution that adds to these strategies for effectiveness in both in-person and online classrooms.

Copyright

© Taylor D. Corlee

Open Access

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