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ERIC Number: EJ854512
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-1552-3233
Facing the Challenge of e-Learning: Reflections on Teaching Evidence-Based Practice through Online Discussion Groups
Clegg, Phil; Heap, John
Innovate: Journal of Online Education, v2 n6 Aug-Sep 2006
The advent of e-learning in higher education has entailed extensive use of online discussion boards to promote collaborative learning among students; however, the role of instructors as online facilitators is typically ill-defined due to a lack of sufficient standards or guidelines for good practice. In their audit of online discussion forum postings in a nursing program, Phil Clegg and John Heap illustrate how facilitators often failed to provide appropriate guidance, beneficial support, or productive intervention to students engaged in course-related assignments and activities. In addressing what could have been done differently to enhance the learning process, Clegg and Heap provide concrete examples of appropriate intervention strategies in different situations--ranging from more generalized forms of support or encouragement to specific prompts to elicit further debate, critique, and reflection regarding specific course-related issues. Based on their audit, the authors ultimately propose a simple model that facilitators can use to formulate clearer criteria to guide them as they moderate online discussions. Although the authors developed this model to enhance e-learning practice in the nursing program, they note that the model can be easily adapted to suit different pedagogical styles and academic settings.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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