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Online discussions: Promoting effective student to student interaction

Wozniak, H and Silveira, S (2004). Online discussions: Promoting effective student to student interaction. In: Atkinson, R, McBeath, C, Jonas-Dwyer, D and Phillips, R 21st ASCILITE Conference: Beyond the comfort zone, Perth, 5-8 December, 2004.

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Author Wozniak, H
Silveira, S
Title Online discussions: Promoting effective student to student interaction
Conference Name 21st ASCILITE Conference: Beyond the comfort zone
Conference Location Perth
Conference Dates 5-8 December, 2004
Conference Publication Title Proceedings of the 21st ASCILITE Conference
Editor Atkinson, R
McBeath, C
Jonas-Dwyer, D
Phillips, R
Place of Publication Perth, WA
Publisher Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education
Publication Year 2004
ISBN 0-9751702-3-6   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 956
End Page 960
Total Pages 5
HERDC Category E1 - Conference Publication (DEST)
Abstract Teachers and students are increasingly comfortable with the use of technology for communication, but are still grappling with strategies to ensure their effective use and achievement of quality outcomes. Research on computer mediated communication (CMC) has focused on the teacher's or e-moderator's role in facilitating the use of CMC and not how the student can achieve effective student to student interaction. This paper explores the impact of orientation sessions that specifically target the dynamics of online learning in groups. Salmon's conference analysis categories were used to analyse the content of postings made by undergraduate orthoptic students in an asynchronous discussion forum in 2003 before the introduction of these orientation sessions. This was compared with postings made in 2004 in the same units of study following these sessions. Results in 2004 showed significantly fewer postings at the level of individual thinking and more postings at the level of interactive thinking. This fostered productive conferencing, with active involvement of the students without the usual time commitment that is required by the e-moderators to achieve successful learning outcomes.
 
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