ERIC Number: ED479549
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Oct
Asynchronous Conferencing with a Twist of Synchronicity: In Search for Tools for Collaborative Moderation in Online Discussions.
Hietala, Pentti; Koivunen, Kimmo
Carrying out argumentative discussion online has become rather common in higher education. This task is traditionally supported by asynchronous collaboration tools, but this paper suggests that also synchronous supports could be useful. This paper focuses on scaffolding the knowledge construction: the work of two student moderators jointly moderating a theme as part of a seminar type university level course. As a new scaffold, the paper describes a collaborative note-taking tool as an extension to a standard conferencing system. This new tool can be utilized either asynchronously or "semi-synchronously." An empirical evaluation of the first implementation of this tool is reported. There were almost 60 students on three courses who had an opportunity to use the tool. The evaluation shows that the students were not used to working together this way, although they recognized the benefits of joint moderating. Explanations are offered for these results and further plans in this area are discussed. (Author)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Mediated Communication, Cooperative Programs, Debate, Educational Technology, Group Discussion, Higher Education, Instructional Materials, Notetaking, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Seminars, Teleconferencing
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: E-Learn 2002 World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, & Higher Education. Proceedings (7th, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, October 15-19, 2002); see IR 022 093.