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ERIC Number: ED448755
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
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What's Wrong with On-Line Discussions and How To Fix It.
Klemm, W. R.
This paper summarizes what the author has seen go wrong in six years of participation in online discussions and recommends some remedies. The emphasis is on helping discussion leaders to structure and guide online discussions for maximum effectiveness. The paper has a focus on learning environments, which are central to both formal academic training and to corporate training of personnel, but the principal findings apply also to corporate environments. The first section identifies the advantages of well-run online discussion. The second section describes the following common problems and suggests remedies: (1) participants don't realize the purpose; (2) purpose is unclear and expectations are vague; (3) lurking, i.e., participants just read but do not contribute; (4) a few people dominate all the discussion; (5) comments are trivial; (6) comments are opinion driven; (7) participants don't know what good input is; (8) nobody reads what is posted; (9) there is no tangible result; (10) too much e-mail; and (11) wrong software. The third section discusses collaborative learning online, and the fourth section covers constructivism and its relevance in the Information Age. The final section describes the FORUM98 conferencing software. (Contains 19 references.) (MES)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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