Math and Distance Learning threaded discussions
Janice Grackin, David Ferguson, Risako Izubuchi, Glenn Smith, State University of New York at Stony Brook, United States
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Denver, Colorado, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-45-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
Distance learning web-environments do not provide the most basic communication tools for discussion of math problem solving vital to math courses. A needs assessment indicates that online instructors and students need to be able to view, edit, and post diagrams and formulas directly in online postings, without going through laborious intermediary stages. MathThread, an nsf funded project, is dedicated to providing these tools to online instructors and students, supporting instructors in adapting their classes to use these tools and researching the effects of more natural math-oriented threaded discussion tools on mathematics learning. After reviewing the existing possible tools, we have formed a partnership with NetTutor who makes the Whiteboard math discussion tools. We have conducted a pilot study evaluating undergraduate students' ease of using the Whiteboard for calculus discussion. We found that most participants had little trouble understanding and using the tools.
Grackin, J., Ferguson, D., Izubuchi, R. & Smith, G. (2002). Math and Distance Learning threaded discussions. In P. Barker & S. Rebelsky (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2002--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 1819-1824). Denver, Colorado, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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