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ERIC Number: EJ1158810
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1475-939X
A Coding Scheme to Analyse the Online Asynchronous Discussion Forums of University Students
Biasutti, Michele
Technology, Pedagogy and Education, v26 n5 p601-615 2017
The current study describes the development of a content analysis coding scheme to examine transcripts of online asynchronous discussion groups in higher education. The theoretical framework comprises the theories regarding knowledge construction in computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL) based on a sociocultural perspective. The coding scheme was developed by inductive analysis of processes of forum discussions of university students performing collaborative tasks. The following themes emerged: (1) inferencing, (2) producing, (3) developing, (4) evaluating, (5) summarising, (6) organising and (7) supporting. A reliability analysis using the Kappa statistic indicated that there is a good degree of agreement among coders, rendering the coding scheme reliable. To demonstrate its utility, the coding scheme was applied to detect differences in the levels of interactions among university students with different backgrounds attending two degree programmes. Implications for the application of the coding scheme in further research are offered, such as comparing the processes activated by different online tools.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Italy
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