Patterns of interaction in online learning

Kevin Downing, Woo Kyung Shin, Flora Ning

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This chapter describes a case study which examines 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, and identifies 'what works' in relation to discussion board use. The case demonstrates how students gradually create an online community, but only if they are prompted in a timely and appropriate way by the course and assessment structure. Three distinct phases in online interaction are identified, and the case suggests these might be largely mediated by assessment tasks.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDeveloping and Utilizing E-Learning Applications
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9781616927912
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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