You are here:

Collaborative Online Learning: Interaction Patterns and Limiting Factors
ARTICLE

Open Learning Volume 19, Number 2, ISSN 0268-0513

Abstract

This paper reports on two studies related to online communication in distance learning courses. In the first study, students' messages in an online discussion board were analyzed to identify message categories and interaction patterns in an attempt to develop a framework for analyzing online messages. In the second study, a questionnaire survey was conducted to find out why some students were not participating actively in online discussion. The results showed that access to computers was not a deterrent to online participation for this group of students. Rather, it was the lack of time and the learners' preference for spending time on reading than on online discussion that formed the most significant barriers. In addition, students' level of participation was affected by their peers.

Citation

Fung, Y.Y.H. (2004). Collaborative Online Learning: Interaction Patterns and Limiting Factors. Open Learning, 19(2), 135-149. Retrieved April 21, 2019 from .

This record was imported from ERIC on April 18, 2013. [Original Record]

ERIC is sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education.

Copyright for this record is held by the content creator. For more details see ERIC's copyright policy.

Keywords

View References & Citations Map

Cited By

  1. Online Instructors’ Use of Scaffolding Strategies to Promote Interactions: A Scale Development Study

    Moon-Heum Cho, Sungkyunkwan University; YoonJung Cho, Sungshin Women's University

    The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning Vol. 17, No. 6 (Dec 06, 2016)

  2. Should Instructors Require Discussion in Online Courses? Effects of Online Discussion on Community of Inquiry, Learner Time, Satisfaction, and Achievement

    Moon-Heum Cho, Sungkyunkwan University; Scott Tobias, Kent State University at Stark

    The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning Vol. 17, No. 2 (Mar 01, 2016)

  3. Online Learning in a South African Higher Education Institution: Determining the Right Connections for the Student

    Dorothy Queiros, University of South Africa; Mary de Villiers, University of Africa

    The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning Vol. 17, No. 5 (Sep 26, 2016)

  4. Reflections on e-learning from a communication perspective.

    Gary Mersham, The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand

    Journal of Open, Flexible, and Distance Learning Vol. 13, No. 1 (2009) pp. 51–70

  5. An investigation on college students’ low motivation toward asynchronous online discussions

    Ninghua Han & Steven Crooks, Texas Tech University, United States

    EdMedia + Innovate Learning 2013 (Jun 24, 2013) pp. 2041–2043

  6. Adaptation for a Changing Environment: Developing learning and teaching with information and communication technologies

    Adrian Kirkwood & Linda Price, Open University UK

    The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning Vol. 7, No. 2 (Sep 18, 2006)

  7. Examining Teachers’ Personal and Professional Use of Facebook: Recommendations for teacher education programming

    Trisha Steinbrecher, University of New Mexico, United States; Juliet Hart, Arizona State University, United States

    Journal of Technology and Teacher Education Vol. 20, No. 1 (January 2012) pp. 71–88

  8. The Relationship Between Social Presence and Social Capital in Online Learning Communities

    Murat Oztok, Daniel Zingaro & Clare Brett, OISE - University of Toronto, Canada

    Global TIME 2012 (Feb 07, 2012) pp. 256–262

  9. Online learning community development expectations: A science story

    Thanh Truc Nguyen, CRDG, College of Education, University of Hawaii, United States; Francisco Jumawan, University of Hawaii, United States

    E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2011 (Oct 18, 2011) pp. 1575–1578

  10. Non-native English Students’ Perceptions of Culture in the Online Asynchronous Discussion Board

    Pao-Nan Chou, Department of Learning and Performance Systems at Penn State University, United States; Wei-Fan Chen, College of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State University, United States; Hsiu-Wei Hsieh, Department of Learning and Performance Systems at Penn State University, United States

    EdMedia + Innovate Learning 2009 (Jun 22, 2009) pp. 340–345

  11. Barriers and Motivators to Blended Learning in a Corporate Setting in Canada

    Denys Lupshenyuk, York University, Canada

    E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2008 (Nov 17, 2008) pp. 2940–2944

  12. Asynchronous Communication: Review of Literature

    Trish Steinbrecher, University of Kansas, United States

    Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2008 (Mar 03, 2008) pp. 4341–4347

  13. Accelerating the Use of Weblogs as an Alternative Method to Deliver Case-Based Learning

    Charlie Chen, Appalachian State University, United States; Jiinpo Wu, Tamkang University, Taiwan; Samuel Yang, California State University Fullerton, United States

    International Journal on E-Learning Vol. 7, No. 2 (April 2008) pp. 331–349

  14. Ethical Issues in Online Research and Assessment

    Ieda Santos, University of Warwick, United Kingdom; John LeBaron, Western Carolina University, United States, United States; Robert Crow & Dixie McGinty, Western Carolina University, United States

    E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2007 (Oct 15, 2007) pp. 6500–6507

These links are based on references which have been extracted automatically and may have some errors. If you see a mistake, please contact info@learntechlib.org.