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ERIC Number: ED448718
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Oct
Pages: 7
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The Challenge of Designing and Evaluating "Interaction" in Web-Based Distance Education.
Gunawardena, Charlotte
The purpose of this paper is threefold: (1) to discuss issues related to the design of interaction on the World Wide Web using models of interaction developed for distance education; (2) to examine several techniques for the analysis of interactions and the quality of the learning experience in a computer-mediated group conference; and (3) to propose a model for analyzing the social construction of knowledge in such a group conference. The paper provides guidelines for both designers and evaluators of Web-based instruction. The definition of interaction in a computer mediated communication (CMC) environment is examined since definitions of interaction for interpersonal communication used by communication researchers to study face-to-face dialogue do not transfer well to the CMC context. Three types of interaction are discussed: learner-content, learner-instructor, and learner-learner. The strengths and shortcomings of the interaction analysis techniques that have been developed are pointed out, and a model for analyzing the quality of CMC interactions and learning experiences is proposed. The application of this model for analyzing interaction is briefly discussed. (Contains 17 references.) (MES)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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