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ERIC Number: EJ807140
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-0007-1013
Ask and You Will Receive: How Question Type Influences Quantity and Quality of Online Discussions
Bradley, Megan E.; Thom, Lindsay R.; Hayes, Jennifer; Hay, Cindy
British Journal of Educational Technology, v39 n5 p888-900 Sep 2008
This study examined how question types influenced the quantity and quality of undergraduate students' online submissions. Discussion questions were structured based on one of six question types: direct link, course link, brainstorm, limited focal, open focal and application. Transcripts of eight online discussions involving 114 participants were analysed on these dependent variables: word count, degree of answer completion, and level of higher-order thinking. Results indicated the question types differentially influenced students' submissions on all dependent variables. Limited focal question type, followed by brainstorm, open focal and direct link types, was most influential for word count and degree of answer completion. Course link, brainstorm and direct link types were most influential in generating higher-order thinking, although students mainly engaged in lower-order thinking across all question types.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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