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Student Knowledge Construction during Asynchronous Online Discussions in a Face-to-Face course PROCEEDINGS

, Boston University, United States

EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology, in Montreal, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-56-3 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC

Abstract

This qualitative study sought to determine whether asynchronous online interactions in a face-to-face graduate course facilitate social construction of knowledge among students. The qualitative analysis of online discussion transcripts led to the identification of stages of student knowledge construction similar to those identified by Gunawardena, Lowe, and Anderson (1997) in online courses. The study revealed that students discussed and synthesized information from various classroom as well as online resources during online discussions, and that instructor questions are important to the content of online discussions. The results emphasize the need for more research on the effective design of asynchronous communication in face-to-face courses.

Citation

Kumar, S. (2005). Student Knowledge Construction during Asynchronous Online Discussions in a Face-to-Face course. In P. Kommers & G. Richards (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2005--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 739-742). Montreal, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved September 23, 2017 from .

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