ERIC Number: ED477066
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
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Multiple Perspectives on the Evaluation of Online Discussion.
McLoughlin, Catherine; Panko, Mary
This paper attempts to examine different methods of content analysis for student online discussion that takes place on bulletin boards. The purpose of that analysis is to determine whether higher order thinking can be distinguished within transcripts of dialogue. The context of the analysis was a higher education undergraduate course. A group of students were presented with a discussion topic and were given a series of criteria against which their work would be assessed. At the end of the discussion their dialogue was analyzed using three different techniques which were then compared to identify whether any one method could be recommended to other practitioners. Suggestions for evaluation of bulletin board transcripts are made on the basis of this investigation. (Contains 17 references and 5 tables.) (Author)
Descriptors: Bulletin Boards, Comparative Analysis, Computer Mediated Communication, Content Analysis, Discussion, Discussion Groups, Evaluation Criteria, Higher Education, Online Systems, Undergraduate Study
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Note: In: ED-MEDIA 2002 World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications. Proceedings (14th, Denver, Colorado, June 24-29, 2002); see IR 021 687.