Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Advisor

Dr. Jeremy Lipschultz


Various surveys and literature reviewed identified the role of online education in growing number of in institutions of higher education who have embraced it as an important factor in creating educational opportunities, particularly in the nursing field. Research was focused on theoretical concepts of interaction and socialization concepts in the study of CMC in the online learning community. This included the role of nonverbal communication, gender-related issues, and identity. This case study of a hybrid online communication centers on a course developed at a midwestem health sciences. It integrates both the student and the instructor points of view in terms of their needs, experiences, and available guideposts, in discovering strategies to use CMC effectively and fulfill expectations. The purpose of this study is to identify the aspects of CMC that are perceived by students and instructors to be most important and useful in enhancing communication in online education.


A Thesis Presented to the School of Communication and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 2004 Melodae D. Lane.