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ERIC Number: EJ1022180
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0892-3647
Effectiveness of Online Discussion Strategies: A Meta-Analysis
Darabi, Aubteen; Liang, Xinya; Suryavanshi, Rinki; Yurekli, Hulya
American Journal of Distance Education, v27 n4 p228-241 2013
This study addressed the argument that online courses rarely use discussion strategies that are specifically designed and constructed for soliciting learners' cognitive presence and higher-order thinking. Prompted by this argument, the authors conducted a meta-analysis of the empirical studies that examined the effectiveness of discussion strategies in online learning. More specifically, the meta-analysis was to reveal whether learners perform better in a strategic discussion session than when they engage in a conventional online discussion and under what conditions the learners' differences in performance are greater or smaller. Furthermore, the investigation examined the extent to which the online discussion strategies that included instructional elements and the pedagogical recommended by the literature make a difference in learners' performance.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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