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ERIC Number: EJ816936
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1172
Developing Interpersonal and Group Dynamics through Asynchronous Threaded Discussions: The Use of Discussion Board in Collaborative Learning
Cox, Betty; Cox, Becky
Education, v128 n4 p553-565 Sum 2008
An increasingly large number of educational facilities offer online graduate education courses. Their popularity grows as busy educators search for a way to advance their careers by earning additional degrees without spending more time in the classroom as a student. One concern with online learning is that online courses lack the interaction necessary for classroom discussion. Discussion board offers an opportunity to enhance collaboration and interaction. This study examines discussion board transcripts from three graduate education courses. The researchers analyze interactions between and among students. Areas examined include the amount of interaction, exchanges of personal and professional experiences and requests for specific information. Qualitative and quantitative transcript content analyses are conducted to determine that asynchronous threaded discussions can be used to create a collaborative learning environment as well as interpersonal and group dynamics. (Contains 1 table.)
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Language: English
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