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Communication dynamics : discussion boards, weblogs and the development of communities of inquiry in online learning environments

Farmer, James 2004, Communication dynamics : discussion boards, weblogs and the development of communities of inquiry in online learning environments, in ASCILITE 2004 : Beyond the comfort Zone : Proceedings of the 21st ASCILITE Conference, ASCILITE, [Perth, W.A.], pp. 1-10.

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Title Communication dynamics : discussion boards, weblogs and the development of communities of inquiry in online learning environments
Author(s) Farmer, James
Conference name Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (21st : 2004 : Perth, W.A.)
Conference location Perth, W.A.
Conference dates 5-8 Dec. 2004
Title of proceedings ASCILITE 2004 : Beyond the comfort Zone : Proceedings of the 21st ASCILITE Conference
Editor(s) Atkinson, R.
McBeath, C.
Jonas-Dwyer, D.
Phillips, R.
Publication date 2004
Start page 1
End page 10
Publisher ASCILITE
Place of publication [Perth, W.A.]
Keyword(s) online
online learning environments
weblogs
community
social constructivism
discussion boards
Summary Online learning environments (OLEs) are now critical to teaching and learning across Australian higher education. Their influence impacts on the availability of content, the design of courses and, perhaps most pedagogically significantly, the nature of communication. The discussion board is the ubiquitous communication tool within these OLEs and hence significantly shapes the kind of communication that takes place. In light of this, the degree to which a successful community of inquiry can be facilitated through the use of discussion boards is examined and compared to the possibilities afforded by weblogs in the same role. Weblogs, it is argued, offer new opportunities in the development of social, cognitive and teacher presence online and should be considered in the development of or alongside established OLEs.
ISBN 0975170236
Language eng
Field of Research 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
Socio Economic Objective 930199 Learner and Learning not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2004, ASCILITE
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30005311

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Learning Services
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