Providing an Effective Structured and Context-aware Asynchronous Discussion Forum for Collaborative Knowledge Building
Santi Caballe, Thanasis Daradoumis, Open University of Catalonia, Spain ; Fatos Xhafa, Polytechnical University of Catalonia, Spain
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Vienna, Austria ISBN 978-1-880094-65-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
This paper aims to report a experience of using an innovative CSCL tool to support real, collaborative learning by discussion. First, we provide an adequate dialogue structure and move types that promote meaningful contributions and achieve more productive interaction. Then we extract relevant knowledge in order to provide learners and tutors with efficient awareness, feedback, and monitoring as regards learners’ performance and collaboration. To this end, we employ a sociolinguistic model that builds a structure of the discussion through generic exchange types. We use these move types as indicators to analyse learners’ interactions in terms of performance and the particular skills exhibited during interaction. The ultimate goal is to achieve a more effective support and assessment of the discussion process and to enhance learning. To validate this model, we employed it in a real virtual learning environment to support a collaborative activity based on an asynchronous discussion.
Caballe, S., Daradoumis, T. & Xhafa, F. (2008). Providing an Effective Structured and Context-aware Asynchronous Discussion Forum for Collaborative Knowledge Building. In J. Luca & E. Weippl (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2008--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 4941-4950). Vienna, Austria: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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