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Beaton, Susan J.; Forster, Peter M. – Psychology Teaching Review, 2013
A large proportion of students in higher education report feeling bored during lectures, for example, Mann and Robinson (2009) put this figure at 60 per cent. This short article reviews our experiences of using a simple, free Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) service, Skype, to enhance the interest and engagement of students by holding a…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, College Students, Synchronous Communication, Student Interests
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Simonson, Michael, Ed. – Association for Educational Communications and Technology, 2013
For the thirty-sixth year, the Research and Theory Division of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) is sponsoring the publication of these Proceedings. Papers published in this volume were presented at the annual AECT Convention in Anaheim, California. The Proceedings of AECT's Convention are published in two…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Discussion Groups, Content Analysis, Games
Morris, Olivia – ProQuest LLC, 2012
This research investigated faculty choice of web-based technologies for interaction in online economics courses and students' perception of those technologies. The literature review of online interaction has established the importance of learner-learner, learner-instructor and learner-content interaction in distance learning. However, some…
Descriptors: Economics Education, Online Courses, College Faculty, Selection
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Kitade, Keiko – Computer Assisted Language Learning, 2012
Internet-mediated intercultural discussions have been adopted for intercultural and second-language learning. However, the notion of community development in this context has received less attention. This study employs exchange structure (ES) analysis (Stubbs, M. (1983). "Discourse analysis." Oxford: Basil Blackwell) to investigate the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Internet, Computer Mediated Communication, Asynchronous Communication
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Hou, Huei-Tse; Wu, Sheng-Yi – Computers & Education, 2011
Online discussions have been widely utilized as an educational activity, and much research has been conducted on the process and behaviors involved in asynchronous discussions. However, research on behavioral patterns in learners' synchronous discussions, including the process of social knowledge construction and project coordination is limited.…
Descriptors: Learning Activities, Behavior Patterns, Internet, Synchronous Communication
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Cheng, Cho Kin; Pare, Dwayne E.; Collimore, Lisa-Marie; Joordens, Steve – Computers & Education, 2011
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of voluntary discussion forums in a higher education setting. Specifically, we examined intrinsic forum participation and investigated its relation to course performance across two experiments. In Experiment 1 (N = 1284) an online discussion forum was implemented at the beginning of an…
Descriptors: Writing Assignments, Writing Exercises, Credits, Program Effectiveness
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Chiu, Sheng-Hsiao – International Journal of Technology and Design Education, 2010
Architectural design is a knowledge-intensive activity; however, students frequently lack sufficient knowledge when they practice design. Collaborative learning can supplement the students' insufficient expertise. Successful collaborative learning relies on knowledge sharing between students. This implies that the peers are a considerable design…
Descriptors: Design, Sharing Behavior, Internet, Architectural Education
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Kear, Karen; Woodthorpe, John; Robertson, Sandy; Hutchison, Mike – Internet and Higher Education, 2010
Web 2.0 communication tools have considerable promise for supporting collaborative learning. But there is a need for research examining learners' and teachers' experiences of the newer communication tools, such as wikis, in comparison with well-established tools, such as discussion forums. This paper reports on an initiative where distance…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Computer Mediated Communication, Interpersonal Competence, Social Influences
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Gressick, Julia; Derry, Sharon J. – International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, 2010
We conducted research within a program serving future mathematics and science teachers. Groups of teachers worked primarily online in an asynchronous discussion environment on a 6-week task in which they applied learning-science ideas acquired from an educational psychology course to design interdisciplinary instructional units. We employed an…
Descriptors: Educational Psychology, Mathematics Education, Science Education, Leadership
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Hou, Huei-Tse – Turkish Online Journal of Educational Technology - TOJET, 2010
Project-based learning using online learning environments is becoming increasingly popular. To in-depth explore the behavioural patterns and limitations faced by students in project-based learning where online forums are used. This study conducted an empirical case study of an online project-based learning activity in a management course, in which…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Electronic Learning, Student Projects
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Cunningham, Una; Fagersten, Kristy Beers; Holmsten, Elin – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2010
At Dalarna University, Sweden, modes of communication are offered at many points of Kenning's continuum with a web-based learning platform, including asynchronous document exchange and collaborative writing tools, e-mail, recorded lectures in various formats, live streamed lectures with the possibility of text questions to the lecturer in real…
Descriptors: Communication Problems, Seminars, Distance Education, Foreign Countries
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De Wever, B.; Van Keer, H.; Schellens, T.; Valcke, M. – Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 2009
This article examines the impact of the introduction of roles and the added value of self-assessment on students' level of knowledge construction in online asynchronous discussions in a first-year university course in instructional sciences. Students' postings in 20 discussion groups were used as the research data for this study. All messages,…
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Discussion Groups, Knowledge Level, Content Analysis
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Valcke, Martin; De Wever, Bram; Zhu, Chang; Deed, Craig – Internet and Higher Education, 2009
Research in the field of computer supported collaborative learning stresses the need to foster the collaborative process in view of attaining optimal cognitive involvement of all participants, a higher level of metacognitive regulation and an increased level of affective involvement. The present study involved 80 third-year university students,…
Descriptors: Discussion Groups, Program Effectiveness, Classification, Instructional Effectiveness
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Arend, Bridget – Journal of Educators Online, 2009
Critical thinking is a highly desirable goal of online higher education courses. This article presents qualitative data from a mixed-method study that explores how asynchronous discussions within online courses influence critical thinking among students. In this study, online discussions were related to higher levels of critical thinking, but…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Critical Thinking, Teacher Role, Community Colleges
Head, Alison J.; Eisenberg, Michael B. – Project Information Literacy, 2009
A report of preliminary findings and analysis from student discussion groups held on 7 U.S. campuses in Fall 2008, as part of Project Information Literacy. Qualitative data from discussions with higher education students across the country suggest that conducting research is particularly challenging. Students' greatest challenges are related to…
Descriptors: Discussion Groups, Qualitative Research, Classification, Web 2.0 Technologies
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