ERIC Number: EJ870178
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
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Analysis of Student-Instructor Interaction Patterns in Real-Time, Scientific Online Discourse
Epp, Erik M.; Green, Kellie F.; Rahman, Aliya M.; Weaver, Gabriela C.
Journal of Science Education and Technology, v19 n1 p49-57 Feb 2010
The characteristics of the online environment alter how students and instructors interact. Scientific discourse among students and instructors in an online text-only synchronous environment was analyzed. In converting dialogue to text, many of the nonverbal cues, such as facial expression and tone of voice, which instructors use to gauge student understanding are lost. The participants adapt their communication style to the medium, and we present a new interaction pattern for student-instructor communication found prevalent in the synchronous, text-only, online environment. This study has implications for instructors who use synchronous, text-based communication for their courses, namely the value of posing additional questions from the instructor to verify student understanding.
Descriptors: Cues, Nonverbal Communication, Computer Mediated Communication, Interaction, Discourse Analysis, Teacher Student Relationship, Synchronous Communication, Internet, Communication Strategies, Distance Education, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Science Education, College Science, Science Teachers, Educational Strategies, Educational Technology
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