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To post or not to post : undergraduate student perceptions about participating in online discussions

Gerbic, Philippa 2006, To post or not to post : undergraduate student perceptions about participating in online discussions, in 'Who's learning? whose technology?' : proceedings of the 23rd Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education, Sydney University Press, Sydney, N.S.W., pp. 271-281.

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Title To post or not to post : undergraduate student perceptions about participating in online discussions
Author(s) Gerbic, Philippa
Conference name Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education. Conference (23rd : 2006 : Sydney, N.S.W.)
Conference location Sydney, N.S.W.
Conference dates 3 - 6 Dec. 2006
Title of proceedings 'Who's learning? whose technology?' : proceedings of the 23rd Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education
Editor(s) Markauskaite, Lina
Goodyear, Peter
Reimann, Peter
Publication date 2006
Conference series Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Conference
Start page 271
End page 281
Publisher Sydney University Press
Place of publication Sydney, N.S.W.
Summary Computer mediated conferencing (CMC) is now a common feature of blended learning environments where students learn in both face to face and online settings. While many teachers recognize the value of online discussions for learning, students appear to have different perspectives. Consequently, their participation in online discussions is often sporadic and not genuinely interactive. This paper examines these issues and provides student perspectives about participation in online discussions which arose from a case study in a conceptually difficult subject. Systems data indicated low numbers of posted messages. Student interviews provide some insights into this lack of participation, and identify the influence of the curriculum design, especially the nature of the learning activity, and its connection to other aspects of the course, for example, assessment and the regular class sessions. Other influential factors include the student’s ideas about learning, managing demands on their time and their acceptance of CMC. The paper also provides recommendations for improving participation in online discussions.
ISBN 9781920898465
1920898468
Language eng
Field of Research 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
Socio Economic Objective 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2006, Gerbic, P.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30006175

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Education
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