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Chunngam, Bunthida; Chanchalor, Sumalee; Murphy, Elizabeth – British Journal of Educational Technology, 2014
This paper reports on a study involving the design of a virtual community for informal learning about Thai herbs. The community relied on social networking tools and a database of expert knowledge as well as community coordinators. One group of coordinators (Community A) concentrated efforts in recruitment of members on those individuals most…
Descriptors: Informal Education, Community, Social Networks, Computer Uses in Education
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Murphy, Elizabeth; Rodriguez-Manzanares, Maria A.; Barbour, Michael – British Journal of Educational Technology, 2011
This paper presents the results of an inductive, interpretive analysis of the perspectives of 42 Canadian high school distance education (DE) teachers on asynchronous and synchronous online teaching. The paper includes a conceptual overview of the affordances and constraints of each form of teaching. Findings provided insight into the following…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Online Courses, Foreign Countries, Educational Technology
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Penny, Lana; Murphy, Elizabeth – British Journal of Educational Technology, 2009
The purpose of the study reported on in this paper was to identify performance criteria and ratings in rubrics designed for the evaluation of learning in online asynchronous discussions (OADs) in post-secondary contexts. We analysed rubrics collected from Internet sources. Using purposive sampling, we reached saturation with the selection of 50…
Descriptors: Scoring Rubrics, Asynchronous Communication, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Postsecondary Education
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Murphy, Elizabeth; Manzanares, Maria A. Rodriguez – British Journal of Educational Technology, 2008
This paper uses a third-generation Activity Theory perspective to gain insight into the contradictions between the activity systems of the physical and virtual high school classroom from the perspective of teachers who had transitioned from one system to the other. Data collection relied on semi-structured interviews conducted with e-teachers as…
Descriptors: High Schools, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Student Relationship, Foreign Countries
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Murphy, Elizabeth – British Journal of Educational Technology, 2005
This paper presents one case of broadband-enabled learning (BEL) involving geo-culturally and organisationally diverse collaboration using music as the vehicle. Findings from five evaluations over a 15-month period were considered in relation to issues of relative advantage, compatibility, complexity, trialability, and observability. Advantages…
Descriptors: Interaction, Distance Education, Educational Technology, Intercultural Communication
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Murphy, Elizabeth – British Journal of Educational Technology, 2004
This paper reports on a study involving the identification and measurement of collaboration in an online asynchronous discussion (OAD). A conceptual framework served for the development of a model which conceptualises collaboration on a continuum of processes that move from social presence to production of an artefact. From this model, a…
Descriptors: Cooperation, Computer Mediated Communication, Models, Measurement Techniques