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ERIC Number: EJ1077695
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0007-1013
Examining the Characteristics of Student Postings That Are Liked and Linked in a CSCL Environment
Makos, Alexandra; Lee, Kyungmee; Zingaro, Daniel
British Journal of Educational Technology, v46 n6 p1281-1294 Nov 2015
This case study is the first iteration of a large-scale design-based research project to improve Pepper, an interactive discussion-based learning environment. In this phase, we designed and implemented two social features to scaffold positive learner interactivity behaviors: a "Like" button and linking tool. A mixed-methods approach was used to examine communicative and cognitive characteristics of notes. Additionally, we develop and apply a new metric for cognitive complexity that acknowledges a range of cognitive behavior valuable to a learning community. The findings suggest that the Like and linking functions positively cultivated and sustained interactive behaviors among students, which also led to an increase in the cognitive complexity of student contributions to the online discussion. Suggestions for future iterations of this project are offered.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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