ERIC Number: ED461365
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
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Supporting Student Discussions: It Isn't Just Talk.
Lee, John; Dineen, Finbar; McKendree, Jean
The "Vicarious Learner" project at Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of Edinburgh is looking broadly at issues concerning the role of dialogue in learning. This paper looks at the more general question of how the value of dialogue in learning depends on the structure of the environment in which it takes place. In particular, it considers dialogue which takes place in a computer-mediated communication (CMC) environment, an approach which is being adopted in many courses from primary schools through postsecondary university courses and continuing education, often uncritically and without fully understanding all the issues which arise from these methods. As part of this project, courses are taught which require students to discuss topics using an Internet forum. The Computers in Teaching and Learning (CTL) course has been taught twice using this discussion component. Examples are given in this paper of discussion organization and content in both the CTL courses. A series of Task Directed Discussion games (TDDs) are being developed which encourage students quickly to engage in meaningful discussions early in a course. (AEF)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Mediated Communication, Course Content, Foreign Countries, Group Discussion, Higher Education, Instructional Innovation, Interaction, Internet, Student Projects, Teaching Methods
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