Analysis of Synchronous and Asynchronous Discussion Forums: A Pilot Study
Carol Dudding, Teresa Drulia, James Madison University, United States
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Honolulu, HI, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-73-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
The present study was undertaken in recognition of the inherent differences between asynchronous and synchronous discussion forums and their distinctive roles in computer mediated communication. This paper reports the results of a pilot study involving retrospective analysis of synchronous and asynchronous discussion forums occurring within online graduate courses. Qualitative and quantitative aspects of a synchronous and asynchronous discussion forum were analyzed in terms of: (a) average number of words per posting, (b) number of postings per participant, and coded for (c) social and cognitive presence. A comparison of results for synchronous and asynchronous discussion forums was reported. The results of this pilot will allow the researchers to identify data trends and to identify issues in methodology; leading to a larger study investigating the characteristics of these two formats.
Dudding, C. & Drulia, T. (2009). Analysis of Synchronous and Asynchronous Discussion Forums: A Pilot Study. In G. Siemens & C. Fulford (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2009--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 631-634). Honolulu, HI, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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