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ERIC Number: EJ1092258
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1541-4914
Studying the Effectiveness of the Discussion Forum in Online Professional Development Courses
Lowes, Susan; Lin, Peiyi; Wang, Yan
Journal of Interactive Online Learning, v6 n3 p181-210 Win 2007
As online professional development courses for teachers have grown, the discussion forum has become a locus of considerable research. This study analyzes the discussion forums in four different sessions of a short (4-week) online course for teachers from six schools in three states. This study also compares four methodologies, all of which have a visualization component: an analysis of data from the CMS; network analysis; content analysis; and sequential analysis. In addition, this study describes the insights into the effectiveness of the course design and facilitation that each approach provides, correlates these with participant satisfaction, and argues for using a combination of methods when studying discussion forums in online courses.
University of Alabama. 152 Rose Administration, P.O. Box 870104, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487. Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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