A conceptual framework for assessing interaction quality in online discussion forums

Nandi, Dip, Chang, Shanton and Balbo, Sandrine 2009, A conceptual framework for assessing interaction quality in online discussion forums, in ASCILITE 2009 : Same places, different spaces : Proceedings of the 26th ASCILITE conference, [Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education], [Auckland, N.Z.], pp. 665-673.

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Title A conceptual framework for assessing interaction quality in online discussion forums
Author(s) Nandi, Dip
Chang, Shanton
Balbo, Sandrine
Conference name Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education. Conference (26th : 2009 : Auckland, N.Z.)
Conference location Auckland, N.Z.
Conference dates 6-9 December 2009
Title of proceedings ASCILITE 2009 : Same places, different spaces : Proceedings of the 26th ASCILITE conference
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2009
Conference series Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Conference
Start page 665
End page 673
Total pages 10
Publisher [Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education]
Place of publication [Auckland, N.Z.]
Keyword(s) higher education
assessment
participation in online forums
Summary The use of discussion forums in education has long been a hot topic in tertiary education. Discussion forums’ activities help learners to share and gain knowledge from each other. However, setting up discussion forums does not ensure that learners interact with each other actively and grading of discussion forum participation is done to ensure qualitative learner participation. Currently, a major focus has been put onto the better use of discussion forums, but the way in which quality of participation can be evaluated has yet to be adequately investigated. This paper presents a conceptual model, based on an extensive review of current literature in related areas, as a way forward in looking at the assessment of quality in online discussion forums. The main benefits of the proposed framework are towards facilitators, as a way to assess learners’ online contributions, while students may use it to understand what is expected of them as participants in online discussion forums
Language eng
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30020425

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