ERIC Number: EJ680825
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Feb
Learning through Discussions
Ellis, Robert A.; Calvo, Rafael; Levy, David; Tan, Kelvin
Higher Education Research and Development, v23 n1 p73-93 Feb 2004
Students studying a third-year e-commerce subject experienced face-to-face and online discussions as an important part of their learning experience. The quality of the students' experiences of learning through those discussions is investigated in this study. This study uses qualitative approaches to investigate the variation in the students' understanding of what they were learning through discussions, and how they went about engaging in them. Quantitative analyses are used to investigate how the students' experience related to their performance. Key outcomes of the study include that the quality of the students' experience of learning through discussions is positively related to their performance and that face-to-face and online discussions have qualitatively different benefits for learning.
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Learning Experience, Computer Mediated Communication, Educational Benefits, Discourse Analysis, Discussion, Student Attitudes, Questionnaires, Interviews
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Education Level: Higher Education
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