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ERIC Number: EJ1103679
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jul
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0007-1013
The Role of Technology-Based Scaffolding in Problem-Based Online Asynchronous Discussion
Ak, Serife
British Journal of Educational Technology, v47 n4 p680-693 Jul 2016
This study examined the effects of technology-based scaffolds that were composed through the use of the seven-stage, problem-based learning strategy on knowledge construction in a problem-based online asynchronous discussion. In a quasi-experimental setting, 60 students in an undergraduate Instructional Technology and Material Design course were assigned to one of three groups. In one group, students posted messages using a prescribed set of message categories. Using the same message categories, another group completed their messages using suggested sentence openers. A control group received none of the above mentioned scaffolds. Using a multi-method approach (content analysis, measurement of learning performance), the research results showed that technology-based scaffolding in a problem-based online asynchronous discussion improves students' task orientation and leads to more task-related learning activity. Furthermore, using both message labels and sentence openers, which were composed through the use of the seven-stage problem-based learning process theoretical framework, offers an effective strategy for encouraging more elaboration and higher cognitive discourse.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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