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Analyzing Students' Conversations in Chat Room Discussion Groups

College Teaching Volume 52, Number 4, ISSN 8756-7555


When I turned to asynchronous delivery of content for a recent educational research and evaluation course, I wanted to supplement threaded discussions with social interactions to better support meaningful learning and allow students to make knowledge their own. I incorporated synchronous small group discussions among peers to replace some of what was lost by not meeting face-to-face. These discussions were to be opportunities for students to better understand the material by hearing others' interpretations while sharing their own. In this article, I provide a qualitative content analysis of students' conversations in these chat room discussions.


Curtis, R. (2004). Analyzing Students' Conversations in Chat Room Discussion Groups. College Teaching, 52(4),. Retrieved July 19, 2019 from .

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