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How Different Group Configurations Affected Discussion Thread Development in Online Graduate Courses?
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, CTL, OISE/UT, Canada

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Quebec City, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-63-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA

Abstract

Abstract: This study is to explore the relationship between group configurations (e.g., large whole classes, large classes with subgroups, and small whole classes) and the discussion thread development in online discussions in graduate courses. I analyzed 25 OISE/UT WebKF online course databases to investigate whether different group configurations affect discussion thread development. The research results uncovered that different group configurations did affected discussion thread development. The large classes with subgroup discussions encouraged more discussion threads but did not shorten the average length of the threads compared with large whole class discussions. The small whole class discussions had the least advantage in encouraging students to start discussion threads and keep the threads growing. Detailed data analysis and findings of this study are presented in this article. This study also intends to inform online course instructors and designers to pay attention to grouping strategies and discussions thread developments in online graduate-level course designing.

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Qiu, M. (2007). How Different Group Configurations Affected Discussion Thread Development in Online Graduate Courses?. In T. Bastiaens & S. Carliner (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2007--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 1799-1806). Quebec City, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved May 24, 2019 from .

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