E-Learning: Learning How to Think through Interaction via Computer Conferencing
Ya-Ting Yang, Heng-An Chou, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Montreal, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-56-3 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
The primary function of education is to teach and develop students' abilities to think critically. In many cases this occurs through class discussions. Yet, in a traditional classroom, discussions are often hindered due to limited class time and unequal access of interaction. An asynchronous online forum is a potentially cost-effective and flexible tool for educators to overcome such challenges to foster class discussion and enhance students' critical thinking skills (CTS). However, its effectiveness has not yet been examined experimentally. The purpose of this study, thus, is to empirically investigate the effects of asynchronous online forums in promoting students' CTS. The participants, a total of 278, were students enrolled in a general education course at National Cheng Kung University. The findings suggest that teaching and modeling of critical thinking questioning in asynchronous online forums could be an effective pedagogy to enhance students' CTS.
Yang, Y.T. & Chou, H.A. (2005). E-Learning: Learning How to Think through Interaction via Computer Conferencing. In P. Kommers & G. Richards (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2005--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 886-890). Montreal, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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