Empathic Interfaces and Communication Protocols: Groupwork and Dialogues in Discussion Forums
Thursday, June 30 3:15-3:45 PM
Presider:Edgar R. Weippl, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
The paper describes activities devised to create setups for effective Computer Mediated Communication within the context of resource-based learning in Higher Education. It investigates the hypothesis that effective use of online discussion forums can complement face to face learning and teaching by engaging the students in discussion-based collaborative activities. Additionally, it puts to the test a framework that explores higher order thinking and adherence to a set of communication principles in discussion forum text-based data. The claim is that the effectiveness of such learning environments is enhanced when supported by interfaces which equally emphasise the cognitive and the affective aspects of learning.