ERIC Number: EJ830792
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
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Computer-Mediated-Communications, Learning Style, and Visualizing Online Educational Conversations
Gibbs, William J.; Bernas, Ronan S.
Journal of Computing in Higher Education, v18 n2 p25-50 Mar 2007
This descriptive pilot study employed the Grascha-Riechmann Student Learning Style Scale (GRSLSS) to examine student communication and interactions in an online educational discussion that occurred for fourteen days. Discussion activity exhibited conversational turns and messages appeared as conversation rather than expository. Individuals scoring high on the Independent scale of the GRSLSS tended to send and exchange more messages and were more likely to state and justify their agreement with other discussants. Those scoring high on the Avoidant scale were less likely to offer to take actions or to give suggestions about how to proceed during discussions. Student with high Collaborative scores were more likely to engage in scaffolding and to offer to take action on the issue being discussed.
Descriptors: Cognitive Style, Computer Software Evaluation, Measures (Individuals), Scoring, Computer Mediated Communication, Online Courses, Cooperation, Discussion, Scores
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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