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Authentic Online Discussions: A Narrative Inquiry into Sharing Leadership and Facilitation among Teachers and Students

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International Journal on E-Learning Volume 18, Number 2, ISSN 1537-2456 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA

Abstract

Asynchronous discussion is one of the most prevalent pedagogical strategies used in online education, yet this frequency of use has meant that its implementation has often not been supported by a robust understanding of how it should be designed and moderated to support students’ learning. In particular, the literature has tended to focus on the instructor’s role in moderation and facilitation, while paying less attention to more student-focused strategies that foster meaningful dialogue and engagement on their part. Centering the learner, this study presents an innovative approach for online discussions, examining a case where online students created and facilitated online discussions for a graduate-level course at a Midwestern research university. The study offers reflections from four graduate students, between the ages of 20-55, who took the course over the past two years, and who have analyzed what they gained from creating and facilitating discussion. These students’ reflections foreground how, by participating in this process, they experienced an authentic sense of connectedness and collaboration, as they had the opportunity to bring their perspectives and priorities to the course, and take responsibility for their own and their classmates’ success.

Citation

Correia, A.P., North, C.A., Korkmaz, C., Simmerman, V. & Bruce Wallace, K. (2019). Authentic Online Discussions: A Narrative Inquiry into Sharing Leadership and Facilitation among Teachers and Students. International Journal on E-Learning, 18(2), 165-189. Waynesville, NC USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved August 21, 2019 from .

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