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ERIC Number: EJ786131
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 60
ISSN: ISSN-0268-0513
Interaction and Critical Inquiry in Asynchronous Computer-Mediated Conferencing: A Research Agenda
Hopkins, Joseph; Gibson, Will; Ros i. Sole, Cristina; Savvides, Nicola; Starkey, Hugh
Open Learning, v23 n1 p29-42 Feb 2008
This paper reviews research on learner and tutor interaction in asynchronous computer-mediated (ACM) conferences used in distance learning. The authors note claims made for the potential of ACM conferences to promote higher-order critical inquiry and the social construction of knowledge, and argue that there is a general lack of evidence regarding the actual achievement of these aims in such conferences. We present and discuss the relevant research literature currently available on the effects of social presence, the tutor's teaching and moderating strategies, and task type. The paper concludes with recommendations for future research in each of these areas. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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