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Davidson-Shivers, Gayle V.; Luyegu, Eunice; Kimble, Barbara E. – Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, 2012
Non-participation and poor quality participation in online environments is often discussed in the literature. Interaction and engagement in online discussions are critical for understanding and constructing new knowledge. In this case study, we examined messages posted by graduate students in four online debates for quantity and quality. The…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Persuasive Discourse, Student Participation, Debate
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Wei, Fu-Hsiang; Chen, Gwo-Dong; Wang, Chin-Yeh; Li, Liang-Yi – Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, 2007
Web-based discussion forums enable users to share knowledge in straightforward and popular platforms. However, discussion forums have several problems, such as the lack of immediate delivery and response, the heavily text-based medium, inability to hear expressions of voice and the heuristically created discussion topics which can impede the…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Internet, Telecommunications, Computer Mediated Communication