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ERIC Number: ED423852
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Feb
Pages: 12
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Interaction and Collaboration via Computer Conferencing.
Murphy, Karen L.; Drabier, Renee; Epps, Mary Lu
This study examined interaction and communication patterns among students (n=9) and with the instructor in a graduate course offered at a distance using the FirstClass computer conferencing (CC) software. Specifically, the following questions were addressed: (1) What are similarities and differences in interaction and collaboration between CC and face-to-face learning environments? (2) How does the medium of exchange in CC encourage or discourage online discussion? (3) What collaborative learning strategies are used in CC? and (4) What is the instructor's role in the CC environment? Data sources consisted of transcripts of all computer conferences, real-time (synchronous) chats, and students' electronic journals about CC; results of pre- and post-course CC attitude surveys; and notes from semi-structured interviews with participants. Data analysis was done using the constant comparative method. Figures include: the FirstClass desktop; the code words found in each type of conference; a flow chart of the types of asynchronous conferences; and summaries of the types of messages in student-moderated, instructional, auxiliary, and metacognitive conferences. Qualitative results are discussed related to each of the four research questions. The instructor's role in computer conferencing is analyzed. (Contains 26 references.) (DLS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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