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Exploring the Use of Assigned Roles in Online Class Discussions
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, University of Nevada, Reno, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Austin, TX, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-27-8 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

For online-only classes the organization of forum discussions is of great pedagogical concern, as they may be the only opportunity participants have to develop understanding of course content. This study examines the use of a common discussion strategy, assigning roles, from a conversation analytic perspective to ask how the participants themselves orient to such assignments. It was found that the discussion roles allowed the participants to develop a “participation framework” from which to design their posts, and to distance themselves from the content of the posts themselves when particularly controversial claims were made within the posts. Pedagogical implications are discussed.

Citation

Warren, A. (2017). Exploring the Use of Assigned Roles in Online Class Discussions. In P. Resta & S. Smith (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 313-318). Austin, TX, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved November 17, 2019 from .

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