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ERIC Number: EJ979533
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-1436-4522
Patterns of Interaction and Participation in a Large Online Course: Strategies for Fostering Sustainable Discussion
Lee, Jiyeon
Educational Technology & Society, v15 n1 p260-272 2012
This case study investigated patterns of interaction and participation in a large online course. 88 Korean undergraduates participated in online fora during 2 weeks. It was found that there was a comparatively high portion of metacognitive interaction and higher phase of knowledge construction. However, it was found that students posted required number of messages at once around due date and selectively responded to peers' initiations without turn-taking. There were few responses despite many readings of peers' postings to meet the required number and type of posting. The results showed that the discussion question and evaluation criteria influenced patterns of interaction and participation, and the phase of knowledge construction. Online instructional strategies were suggested for successful online discussion, especially to achieve sustainable discussion. (Contains 8 tables and 3 figures.)
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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: South Korea