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ERIC Number: ED418693
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Dec
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
On-Line Forums: New Platforms for Professional Development and Group Collaboration.
Anderson, Terry; Kanuka, Heather
This study evaluated the output, level of participation, and perceptions of effectiveness and value among participants in a virtual forum. Twenty-three experts in the field of adult education and community development were invited to participate in a three-week interactive session using a World Wide Web-based, asynchronous computer conferencing system. Data gathered through surveys, interviews, transcript analysis and online discussion revealed that this technology has relative advantage for organizers and sponsors, but is perceived by most users as being less satisfying than face-to-face interaction. The online forum was found to be observable, trialable and relatively easy to use (compared with existing tools), indicating that this innovation has potential to become a widespread medium for continuing professional education. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A