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Online tools for small-group discussion: a comparison between threaded forums and collaborative mind-maps
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, , Western University, Canada

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Austin, TX, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-27-8 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

In online environments, small-group activities are generally conducted through threaded forums as the medium for students to share and build knowledge collaboratively. However, previous studies have shown that threaded forums have a number of limitations for student interaction, and representational tools (such as mind-mapping tools) are presented as an alternative to foster collaborative knowledge construction in online settings. In this proposal, we present a comparison of two blended courses that used online threaded forums and collaborative mind-mapping respectively. We are interested in responding to the questions: How do students interact when they engage in online discussions through threaded forums and mind-maps? And what are the differences between student interaction in threaded forums and mind-maps?

Citation

Cendros Araujo, R. & Gadanidis, G. (2017). Online tools for small-group discussion: a comparison between threaded forums and collaborative mind-maps. In P. Resta & S. Smith (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 807-814). Austin, TX, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved April 10, 2020 from .

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