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Cohen, Anat; Shimony, Udi; Nachmias, Rafi; Soffer, Tal – British Journal of Educational Technology, 2019
This study explores and characterizes learners' participation patterns in MOOC forums, as well as the factors that correlate with learners' participation. Educational data mining and learning analytics methods were used to retrieve and analyze the learners' interpersonal interaction data, which had accumulated in the Coursera log files. The…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Student Participation, Correlation, Mass Instruction
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Schaefer, Teresa; Rahn, Johanna; Kopp, Tobias; Fabian, Claudia Magdalena; Brown, Alan – British Journal of Educational Technology, 2019
Research has shown that providing participants with high-quality learning material is not sufficient to help them profit most from online education. The level of interaction among participants is another key determinant for learning outcomes. However, merely proposing interaction does not automatically lead to fruitful discussion and…
Descriptors: Asynchronous Communication, Workplace Learning, Computer Mediated Communication, Online Courses
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Sun, Zhong; Lin, Chin-Hsi; Wu, Minhua; Zhou, Jianshe; Luo, Liming – British Journal of Educational Technology, 2018
Computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL) has shown considerable promise, but thus far the literature has tended to focus on individual technological tools, without due regard for how the choice of one such tool over another impacts CSCL, either in outline or in detail. The present study, therefore, directly compared the learning-related…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Software, Telecommunications
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Tan, Kok-Eng – British Journal of Educational Technology, 2017
The online discussion forum (ODF) is one of the many online interactive tools used for educational purposes. This paper discusses a study in a Malaysian university that examined the ODF interactions of students completing an assignment on paraphrasing. A class of 43 English as a Second Language (ESL) students enrolled in a writing course were…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Computer Mediated Communication, Group Discussion, College Students
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Ak, Serife – British Journal of Educational Technology, 2016
This study examined the effects of technology-based scaffolds that were composed through the use of the seven-stage, problem-based learning strategy on knowledge construction in a problem-based online asynchronous discussion. In a quasi-experimental setting, 60 students in an undergraduate Instructional Technology and Material Design course were…
Descriptors: Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Learning Processes, Teaching Methods, Problem Based Learning
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Gutierrez-Santiuste, Elba; Gallego-Arrufat, Maria-Jesus – British Journal of Educational Technology, 2015
This study investigates the phases of development of synchronous and asynchronous virtual communication produced in a community of inquiry (CoI) by analyzing the internal structure of each intervention in the forum and each chat session to determine the evolution of their social, cognitive and teaching character. It also analyzes the participating…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Inquiry, Computer Mediated Communication, Higher Education
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Zhao, Huahui; Sullivan, Kirk P. H.; Mellenius, Ingmarie – British Journal of Educational Technology, 2014
A key reason for using asynchronous computer conferencing in instruction is its potential for supporting collaborative learning. However, few studies have examined collaboration in computer conferencing. This study examined collaboration in six peer review groups within an asynchronous computer conferencing. Eighteen tertiary students participated…
Descriptors: Teleconferencing, Computer Mediated Communication, Asynchronous Communication, Cooperative Learning
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Xie, Kui – British Journal of Educational Technology, 2013
Students' non-posting behaviour in online discussions is often neglected in educational research. However, it can be a potential indicator of student learning. This study examined the relationships between motivation, peer feedback and students’ posting and non-posting behaviours in online discussions in a distance learning class. Fifty-seven…
Descriptors: College Students, Student Behavior, Peer Influence, Feedback (Response)
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Charitonos, Koula; Blake, Canan; Scanlon, Eileen; Jones, Ann – British Journal of Educational Technology, 2012
Key to introducing information and communication technologies in museums is to support meaning-making activity in encounters with artefacts. The study presented in this paper is exploratory in nature and investigates the use of social and mobile technologies in school field trips as a means of enhancing the visitor experience. It is anchored in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Handheld Devices, Social Networks, Web 2.0 Technologies
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Naranjo, Mila; Onrubia, Javier; Segues, Ma Teresa – British Journal of Educational Technology, 2012
A case study was used to analyse the relationships between participation in an online discussion forum and the cognitive quality of the contributions made. Participation was calculated using two dimensions: presence (who accesses the environment, how often and for how long) and connectivity (who interacts with whom and the degree of intensity of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Technology, Educational Psychology, Content Analysis
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Choi, Hyungshin; Kang, Myunghee – British Journal of Educational Technology, 2010
This study determines whether an activity system provides a systematic framework to analyse collaborative group work. Using an activity system as a unit of analysis, the research examined learner behaviours, conflicting factors and facilitating factors while students engaged in collaborative work via asynchronous computer-mediated communication.…
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Asynchronous Communication, Instructional Design, Content Analysis
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Myllari, Jarkko; Ahlberg, Mauri; Dillon, Patrick – British Journal of Educational Technology, 2010
This paper reports a 5-year design experiment on cumulative knowledge building as part of an international project. Through a longitudinal study and analysis of cumulative research data, we sought to answer the question, "what happened and why in knowledge building?" Research data constitute messages which participants have written into a shared…
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, Content Analysis, Electronic Learning, Internet
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Duncan-Howell, Jennifer – British Journal of Educational Technology, 2009
Electronic communication is characteristically concerned with "the message" (eM), those who send them (S), and those who receive and read them (R). This relationship could be simplified into the equation eM = S + R. When this simple equation is applied to electronic communication, several elements are added that make this straightforward act of…
Descriptors: Interpersonal Communication, Nonverbal Communication, Content Analysis, Discourse Analysis
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Lui, Andrew K.; Tsang, Philip; Kwan, Reggie; Ng, Sin Chun; Cheung, Yannie H. Y.; Choy, Sheung On – British Journal of Educational Technology, 2007
Currently, for educators and researchers, diagnosing the online interactions specifically related to knowledge and expertise exchanges is challenging. To address the problem, this paper describes a framework for the understanding and measurement of expertise presence in computer conferences. Expertise presence is defined as a persistent…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Online Courses, Teleconferencing, Experience