ERIC Number: ED443420
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-May
Teaching Online: Breaking New Ground in Collaborative Thinking.
Lapadat, Judith C.
The purpose of this paper is to examine some of the ways in which graduate students engage in interactive online university courses and use discussion as a tool for thinking and for socially negotiating meaning. In particular, it investigates the idea that discursive interaction in asynchronous, text-based, online courses may be uniquely suited to fostering higher order thinking, social construction of meaning, and shifts in perspective. This line of thinking is supported through consideration of meaning in technologically mediated learning environments. The theoretical argument utilizes two data sources. First, observations are drawn from developing and teaching four online courses in three different versions and topic areas over the past few years. Second, results of a discourse analysis of contributions to an online interactive conference of a graduate-level education course are described. Findings lend support to claims in the research about the unique potential of online discussion-based courses as learning environments. Materials from the online course, "Discourse in Classrooms," are appended. (Contains 25 references.) (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE) Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities (28th, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, May 24-27, 2000).