The use of labeled postings for promoting asynchronous interaction
Lih-Juan ChanLin, Fu-Jen Catholic University, Taiwan ; Yong-Ting Chen, Graduate Institute of Library, Information & Archival Studies, National Chengchi University, Taiwan ; Kung-Chi Chan, Department of Food & Nutrition, Providence University, Taiwan
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Vienna, Austria ISBN 978-1-880094-65-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
The Internet promotes computer-mediated communications, and so asynchronous learning network systems permit more flexibility in time, space, and interaction. The key point of asynchronous learning is the materials for web-aided teaching and the flow of knowledge. This research focuses on improving online interaction by using labeling postings embedded in the e-Forum discussion tool developed for this research. Subjects for the study were students who enrolled in the "Drug & Nutrient Interaction" course. Students’ online discussion data were gathered during the academic years of 2004 and 2006. Data from the study reveal that the design of labels for postings promoted interactive responses among learners, and the frequency of personal discussion increased. Self-improvement and the development of new subjects from discussion forums were also observed among learners.
ChanLin, L.J., Chen, Y.T. & Chan, K.C. (2008). The use of labeled postings for promoting asynchronous interaction. In J. Luca & E. Weippl (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2008--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 988-997). Vienna, Austria: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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