NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ904133
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-0952-3987
Promoting Spontaneous Facilitation in Online Discussions: Designing Object and Ground Rules
Wang, Yu-mei; Chen, Der-Thanq
Educational Media International, v47 n3 p247-262 Sep 2010
Facilitation is a key factor in ensuring the success of class discussions. Traditionally, instructors are the ones who assume the role of facilitators in discussions. Online learning environments open opportunities for students to assume the role of facilitators. In well-designed online learning communities, spontaneous facilitation would likely emerge; students took the control of the discussion process, spontaneously facilitating the discussion and directing its development. This paper reports a study in designing such an online discussion environment that stimulated spontaneous facilitation among participants, which led to the success of the discussion, and thus resulted in productive student learning. (Contains 1 figure and 4 tables.)
Routledge. Available from: Taylor & Francis, Ltd. 325 Chestnut Street Suite 800, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tel: 800-354-1420; Fax: 215-625-2940; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A