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ERIC Number: ED467930
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Dec
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
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Monitoring Gender Participation and Promoting Critical Debate in an Online Conference.
Cook, John; Leathwood, Carole; Oriogun, Peter
This paper presents some preliminary findings from a study with the two aims of examining gender differences in online participation and methods for obtaining better online debate. A number of research methods were used. The study involved a WebCT conference for a total population of 123 second-year undergraduate students at the University of North London (England) following a module on communicating via multimedia. Students were split into groups of 3-6 students. There were about 1,500 contributions to the debates over 10 days. One result was that 70% of the students stated that the approach taken was successful at getting them involved in critical debate (the 1999 score for the same question was 56%). Another result was that women read about 11% more items than men, and men posted about 6% more items than women. Furthermore, women were underrepresented in the top 20% of overall module grades and over-represented in the module fails. The paper explores these issues. (Contains 20 references.) (Author/MES)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)