Empowering Online Interaction with Voice-Based Discussion Boards

ID: 30628 Type: Brief Paper
  1. Dana Tindall, Xavier University, United States
  2. Kay Kyeongju Seo, University of Cincinnati, United States

Wednesday, October 20 11:15 AM-12:15 PM Location: Palms Ballroom B

Presider: Malini Bhargava, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Abstract: Text-based discussion boards while providing the ability to share written reflections can be limiting in that they do not allow others the ability to hear voice inflection, which is important in reflective speech and conversation. The purpose of this study was to investigate both instructors’ and students’ perceptions of using voice discussion boards in a University educational setting, and to compare a recorded voice-based discussion board to a text-based discussion board in a blended teacher education course. In this presentation, we will discuss (1) how the content and substance of student posting was different between voice-based discussions and text-based discussions and (2) in what ways instructors and students found voice-discussion educationally comparable. As today’s learning environments, face-to-face and online, become more multisensory and more multimodal, research in this area can truly contribute to a positive meaningful learning experience.


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