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Promoting Spontaneous Facilitation in Online Discussions: Designing Object and Ground Rules
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Educational Media International Volume 47, Number 3, ISSN 0952-3987

Abstract

Facilitation is a key factor in ensuring the success of class discussions. Traditionally, instructors are the ones who assume the role of facilitators in discussions. Online learning environments open opportunities for students to assume the role of facilitators. In well-designed online learning communities, spontaneous facilitation would likely emerge; students took the control of the discussion process, spontaneously facilitating the discussion and directing its development. This paper reports a study in designing such an online discussion environment that stimulated spontaneous facilitation among participants, which led to the success of the discussion, and thus resulted in productive student learning. (Contains 1 figure and 4 tables.)

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Wang, Y.m. & Chen, D.T. (2010). Promoting Spontaneous Facilitation in Online Discussions: Designing Object and Ground Rules. Educational Media International, 47(3), 247-262. Retrieved February 20, 2020 from .

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