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ERIC Number: ED439698
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
Pages: 6
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Factors Affecting Learners' Discourse Participation in a Computer Conferencing.
Lee, In-Sook
This research examined what factors affect learners' discourse participation in a Web-conferencing environment operated in a graduate course. Subjects were nine master's degree students, majoring in Educational Technology at a women's university in Seoul, Korea. Results suggest seven factors that affect students' discourse in the following ways: (1) asynchronicity has advantages of increasing the quantities of participation and facilitating logical and theoretical discussions; (2) user-friendliness and transparency of the software system may influence the participants' success in conferencing; (3) difficult access to the system tends to result in cognitive overload; (4) learners easily accept and get accustomed to partially integrated use of conferencing in a face-to-face course, but not a fully integrated one; (5) learner-led conferencing that lacked instructors' appropriate mediation tends to discourage well-focused and productive discourse, and causes learners to feel "unfinished"; (6) self-confidence facilitates learners' active discourse participation; and (7) pre-existing social and group dynamics among learners influence discourse patterns. (Contains 15 references.) (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Korea