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ERIC Number: EJ836011
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-1093-023X
A Journey on Refining Rules for Online Discussion: Implications for the Design of Learning Management Systems
Chen, Der-Thanq; Wang, Yu-Mei; Hung, David
Journal of Interactive Learning Research, v20 n2 p157-173 Apr 2009
Research on asynchronous online discussions has primarily focused on their efficacy in relation to learning outcomes. Rarely are there investigations on how the design of online learning activities or how discussions could be incorporated into student learning experience. We contend that successful online activities need careful and meticulous design. We are particularly interested in how the design of "rules" or protocols for group interactions contributes to the quality of student learning experience. This article reports a three-year study on designing and refining such rules for online discussions. Specifically, we studied how rules support or inhibit online discussions. Reported in the article are the processes and rationales for each refinement of the rules based on real interactions. We argue that existing learning management systems still fall short in supporting various learning activities afford- ed by these rules. Therefore, various tools are proposed based on our findings. These tools should be integrated into existing learning management systems such as Blackboard or Moodle. (Contains 1 table.)
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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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