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ERIC Number: EJ846868
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1492-3831
Text-Based Conferencing: Features vs. Functionality
Anderson, Lynn; McCarthy, Cathy
International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, v6 n3 Nov 2005
This report examines three text-based conferencing products: "WowBB", "Invision Power Board", and "vBulletin". Their selection was prompted by a feature-by-feature comparison of the same products on the "WowBB" website. The comparison chart painted a misleading impression of "WowBB's" features in relation to the other two products; so the evaluation team undertook a more comprehensive and impartial comparison using the categories and criteria for online software evaluation developed by the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD). The findings are summarised in terms of the softwares' pricing, common features/ functions, and differentiating features.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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