A good chat - are online forums fit for PLT? - a review

Greaves, Kristoffer 2011, A good chat - are online forums fit for PLT? - a review, in ALTA 2011 : Australasian Law Teachers Association Conference, unpublished,, pp. 1-26.

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Title A good chat - are online forums fit for PLT? - a review
Author(s) Greaves, Kristoffer
Conference name Australasian Law Teachers Association Conference (2011 : Brisbane, Qld.)
Conference location Brisbane, Qld.
Conference dates 4-6 July 2011
Title of proceedings ALTA 2011 : Australasian Law Teachers Association Conference
Editor(s) [unknown]
Publication date 2011
Conference series Australasian Law Teachers Association Conference
Start page 1
End page 26
Total pages 26
Publisher unpublished
Keyword(s) practical legal training
legal edu
online discussion
teaching medium
community of inquiry
taxonomy of educational objectives
Summary The effectiveness of asynchronous Online Discussion Forums (ODF) as a teaching medium in Practical Legal Training (PLT) is dependent on factors affecting student satisfaction with the learning task.
A literature review was undertaken as part of a proposed research project to: (a) investigate the relationship between the use of ODF as a teaching medium in PLT, students’ learning behaviours, and student satisfaction; (b) ascertain students’ perceptions of their own learning behaviours during the ODF activities and to compare those perceptions with learning behaviours identified in the Community of Inquiry Framework; and (c) make recommendations that might improve the fit between the use of ODFs, positive learning behaviours, and student satisfaction. The research project is still underway.
The review and the proposed study is framed by a constructivist learner-centred approach informed by the theories of Piaget, Vygotsky and others, together with Marzano and Kendall’s ‘New Taxonomy of Education Objectives’, and the ‘Community of Inquiry Framework’ described by Archer, Garrison, Arbaugh, Gunawardena and others.
A search for articles with abstracts including the terms ‘satisfaction’ and ‘online’ on ERIC and online peer-reviewed journals during September 2010 produced 76 relevant articles for this review; these disclosed that factors involving student satisfaction with ODFs as a teaching medium include: students’ contexts; students’ perceptions of self-efficacy and of the importance and relevance of the learning task; learning and personality styles; technological self-efficacy; student-student and lecturer-student interactions; flexible learning environments; instructional design; online learning management systems; and the blend of online and face-to-face instruction delivery.
These factors are likely to be significant for framing the proposed research and the design, implementation, and evaluation of instruction involving online forums in practical legal training.
Language eng
Field of Research 130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified
130199 Education systems not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 930299 Teaching and Instruction not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category E2.1 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed
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