Students Discussing Ideas in Online Spaces: Research-Infused Recommendations for Making Computer-Mediated Discussions Productive for Learning

Allison Zengilowski, Diane L. Schallert, The D-Team

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Abstract

Online learning technologies are permeating classroom spaces. Whereas face-to-face discussions are broadly accepted as productive for facilitating learning, online discussions are less familiar to instructors and yet provide a more democratic and accessible environment for students in which to co-construct ideas. Although there is a plethora of research on what is occurring in computer-mediated discussions (CMDs) in regards to student behaviors and experiences, there is a dearth of literature devoted to how instructors should implement these findings into their courses. Six recommendations are offered that are based primarily on research with undergraduate and graduate level formal coursework, making these ideas, though possibly relevant to other learning situations, best suited for instructors and students involved in higher education. The goal is to help instructors be more confident and purposeful with how they conduct online discussions, as they aim to make the learning experiences of their students more productive.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 2018 IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering, TALE 2018
EditorsMark J.W. Lee, Sasha Nikolic, Gary K.W. Wong, Jun Shen, Montserrat Ros, Leon C. U. Lei, Neelakantam Venkatarayalu
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages243-250
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781538665220
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 16 2019
Event2018 IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering, TALE 2018 - Wollongong, Australia
Duration: Dec 4 2018Dec 7 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of 2018 IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering, TALE 2018

Conference

Conference2018 IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering, TALE 2018
CountryAustralia
CityWollongong
Period12/4/1812/7/18

Keywords

  • belonging
  • discussion
  • engagement
  • participation
  • recommendations
  • uncertainty

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