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Analysis of asynchronous online discussion forums for collaborative learning

Abawajy, Jemal 2012, Analysis of asynchronous online discussion forums for collaborative learning, International journal of education and learning, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 11-21.

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Title Analysis of asynchronous online discussion forums for collaborative learning
Author(s) Abawajy, Jemal
Journal name International journal of education and learning
Volume number 1
Issue number 2
Start page 11
End page 21
Total pages 11
Publisher SERSC
Place of publication Sandy Bay, Tas.
Publication date 2012-09
ISSN 2234-8034
Keyword(s) asynchronous discussion forums
taxonomy
on-line learning
constructivist view
Summary Online discussion forums are well suited for collaborative learning systems. Much of the currently available research indicates that effectively designed collaborative learning systems motivate and enhance learning experiences of the participants which in turn lead to enhanced learning outcomes. This paper develops taxonomy of the asynchronous online discussion forums with the aims of increasing the understanding and awareness of various types of asynchronous discussion forums. The taxonomy is framed by constructivist pedagogical principles of asynchronous online discussion forum. The key attributes of online discussions and the factors influencing the discussion forum’s design are identified. The taxonomy will help increase the online course designers’ ability to design more effective learning experiences for student success and satisfaction. It will also help researchers to understand the various features of the asynchronous discussion forums. The article concludes with implications for pedagogy and suggestions for the direction of future theoretical and empirical research.
Language eng
Field of Research 080501 Distributed and Grid Systems
Socio Economic Objective 930103 Learner Development
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, SERSC
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30049653

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