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ERIC Number: EJ836855
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-1436-4522
A Visualization Tool for Managing and Studying Online Communications
Gibbs, William J.; Olexa, Vladimir; Bernas, Ronan S.
Educational Technology & Society, v9 n3 p232-243 2006
Most colleges and universities have adopted course management systems (e.g., Blackboard, WebCT). Worldwide faculty and students use them for class communications and discussions. The discussion tools provided by course management systems, while powerful, often do not offer adequate capabilities to appraise communication patterns, online behaviors, group processes, or critical thinking. This paper discusses a Web-based program that represents temporal data as maps to illustrate behaviors of online discussants. Depicting discussions in this manner may help instructors and researchers study, moderate, and/or facilitate group discussions. The paper presents the rationale for program's development and provides a review of its technical specifications. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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