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Sharma, Priya; Tietjen, Philip – American Journal of Distance Education, 2016
This article reports on the use of blogs in an online course over multiple semesters and analyzes the participation and meaning making between course participants. The authors used a combination of social network analyses and discourse analysis to show the patterns of participation and the types of meaning making over two iterations of the course.…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Higher Education, Electronic Publishing, Web Sites
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Xie, Ying; Sharma, Priya – Interactive Learning Environments, 2013
Reflective learning refers to a learner's purposeful and conscious manipulation of ideas toward meaningful learning. Blogs have been used to support reflective thinking, but the commonly seen blog software usually does not provide overt mechanisms for students' high-level reflections. A new tool was designed to support the reflective…
Descriptors: Reflection, Electronic Publishing, Web Sites, Concept Mapping
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Xie, Ying; Sharma, Priya – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2011
Reflective learning can assist a learner's purposeful and conscious manipulation of ideas toward meaningful learning and knowledge integration. Blogs have been used to support reflection, but Blogs usually do not provide overt mechanisms for students to make connections between different parts of an experience, which is integral to reflective…
Descriptors: Evidence, Concept Mapping, Graduate Students, Web Sites
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Xie, Ying; Ke, Fengfeng; Sharma, Priya – Journal of Educational Computing Research, 2010
Deep cognitive thinking refers to a learner's purposeful and conscious manipulation of ideas toward meaningful learning. Strategies such as journaling/blogging and peer feedback have been found to promote deep thinking. This article reports a research study about the effects of two different blog leader styles on students' deep thinking as…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Web Sites, Electronic Publishing, Teamwork