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ERIC Number: ED465344
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
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Online Debate To Encourage Peer Interactions in the Large Lecture Setting: Coding and Analysis of Forum Activity.
Schaeffer, Evonne L.; McGrady, Jennifer A.; Bhargava, Tina; Engel, Claudia
The culminating course in the Human Biology core sequence at Stanford University, California, is a course that considers the relationship between the social and natural sciences and the development of wise public policy. A Web-based forum was developed to facilitate weekly debate on policy challenges presented in this course, and this forum was evaluated by coding and analyzing student postings from each of 2 sections of 21 students. Over the quarter, students participated in seven policy challenge assignments. Although using the forum was not an assignment with which students were comfortable immediately, they learned to appreciate the opportunity to challenge each other in an online environment, and they learned to build on each others posts and to participate at more than the required amount. Over time, many discussions became more sustained, more focused, and better elaborated. Some students postings did not improve over time, and the increased average quality of postings was only significant for one section. The implications of these findings and the need for additional studies are discussed. (Contains 5 figures and 21 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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