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ERIC Number: EJ932557
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 48
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 70
ISSN: ISSN-1050-8406
E-Moderation of Synchronous Discussions in Educational Settings: A Nascent Practice
Schwarz, Baruch B.; Asterhan, Christa S.
Journal of the Learning Sciences, v20 n3 p395-442 2011
E-moderation has been a common practice in asynchronous discussions of postsecondary courses. We consider here e-moderation of synchronous discussions in the school context. We adopt a design research approach to elaborate an environment, the Argunaut system, that fits the reality of classrooms in which moderation of several small-group synchronous discussions in parallel is desirable. We describe the Argunaut system and then describe an experiment in which a moderator could elaborate several strategies in 2 synchronous discussions (1 with 2 groups in parallel and 1 with 4 groups in parallel). Through the technique of cued retrospective reporting, we could identify those strategies and could show how technology and moderation are interwoven. We then assessed whether the actions of the moderator had some positive impact on the flow of the discussions. The positive findings that emerge from this study indicate that teachers can enact this novel practice in classrooms, enabling by such proper guidance for productive engagement in the synchronous discussions of many students in the same class. (Contains 9 figures, 4 footnotes, and 9 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Israel