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Lowenthal, Patrick R.; Dunlap, Joanna C. – Internet and Higher Education, 2010
The Community of Inquiry (CoI) framework is a comprehensive guide to the research "and" practice of online learning. One of the most challenging aspects of establishing a CoI in online courses is finding the best way to attend to each element of the CoI framework in a primarily text-based environment. In our online courses, we have examined the…
Descriptors: Story Telling, Guidelines, Communities of Practice, Inquiry
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Akyol, Zehra; Ice, Phil; Garrison, Randy; Mitchell, Rob – Internet and Higher Education, 2010
The Community of Inquiry Framework is based on the premise that online learning is a collaborative constructivist activity. However, not all courses are similarly oriented. In general, courses can be divided into constructivist and objectivist. In constructivist courses, learners develop solutions to problems through sustained discourse and…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Constructivism (Learning), Distance Education, Online Courses
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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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Koh, Joyce Hwee Ling; Herring, Susan C.; Hew, Khe Foon – Internet and Higher Education, 2010
Project-based learning engages students in problem solving through artefact design. However, previous studies of online project-based learning have focused primarily on the dynamics of online collaboration; students' knowledge construction throughout this process has not been examined thoroughly. This case study analyzed the relationship between…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Student Projects, Computer Mediated Communication, Knowledge Level
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Augustsson, Gunnar – Internet and Higher Education, 2010
Collaborative social interaction when using Web 2.0 in terms of VoiceThread is investigated in a case study of a Swedish university course in social psychology. The case study method was chosen because of the desire not to manipulate the students' behaviour, and data was collected in parallel with course implementation. Two particular…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Computer Assisted Instruction, Electronic Publishing, Interpersonal Relationship
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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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Bonk, Curtis J.; Lee, Mimi Miyoung; Kim, Nari; Lin, Meng-Fen Grace – Internet and Higher Education, 2009
Wikis have the potential to change learning environments from traditional knowledge transmission models to knowledge transformative ones where students generate, share, and reshape knowledge. In this three-part study, graduate students created wikibooks across institutional settings. One of these projects extended to universities in China, Taiwan,…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Graduate Students, Transformative Learning, Foreign Countries
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Cohen, Anat; Nachmias, Rafi – Internet and Higher Education, 2006
This paper describes a quantitative cost effectiveness model for Web-supported academic instruction. The model was designed for Web-supported instruction (rather than distance learning only) characterizing most of the traditional higher education institutions. It is based on empirical data (Web logs) of students' and instructors' usage…
Descriptors: Web Sites, Electronic Publishing, Cost Effectiveness, Distance Education
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Chiang, Akcell Chii-Chung; Fung, Isaac Pak-Wah – Internet and Higher Education, 2004
Support is needed to promote problem-based learning (PBL) and to enhance critical thinking skills in discussion-based Internet forums. By advancing the capabilities of chat room and forum software, problem-based discussions for learning can be supported further in online learning environments. In this paper, the authors report on MALESAbrain, an…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills, Teaching Methods
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Bangert, Arthur W. – Internet and Higher Education, 2004
Traditionally, campus-based courses rely on student evaluations to provide instructors with feedback about their teaching effectiveness. However, current instructor evaluation instruments do not tap the essential teaching practices recommended for effective on-line teaching. This exploratory study used the Seven Principles of Good Practice of…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Constructivism (Learning), Discussion, Student Attitudes