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ERIC Number: EJ1043164
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 63
ISSN: ISSN-1939-5256
Exploring the Use of Discussion Strategies and Labels in Asynchronous Online Discussion
Gao, Fei
Online Learning, v18 n3 Oct 2014
Drawing on research in constrained online discussion environments and strategy instruction, this approach combines explicit instruction on discussion strategies with the use of post type labels. In a trial of this approach in an online course, students actively used the discussion strategies and post type labels in their discussions. Analysis of student posts and survey responses suggested that students in the experimental group used discussion strategies more frequently after the intervention as compared to the control group and perceived that this approach positively impacted their discussions. In addition, there was a certain degree of improvement in the quality of discussion as measured by Gunawardena, Lowe, and Anderson's (1997) critical analysis model.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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