Creating interaction in online learning : a case study

K.J. Downing, T.F. Lam, T. Kwong, Woo Kyung Shin, S.W. Chan

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Abstract

This paper uses the case-study method to examine detailed data related to student and tutor usage of an asynchronous discussion board as an interactive communication forum during a first-semester associate degree course in applied psychology at the City University of Hong Kong. The paper identifies ‘what works’ in relation to discussion board use, demonstrating how students might gradually create an online community of their own, but only if prompted in a timely and appropriate way by the course structure. It also identifies three distinct phases in online interaction and suggests these might, to some extent, be mediated by assessment tasks.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201-215
Number of pages15
JournalALT-J: Research in Learning Technology
Volume15
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Education

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