Factors that Influence the Quality of Online Discussions

ID: 40193 Type: Full Paper
  1. Alexandru Spatariu, Georgetown College, United States
  2. Denise Winsor, University of Memphis, United States

Tuesday, October 22 10:00-10:30 AM Location: Las Vegas Ballroom 2 View on map

Presider: Lisa A. Capan, The Community College of Baltimore County, United States

Abstract: Online discussions (i.e., online discourse) are common components in distance education courses. Online discussions serve to bridge a gap in student interaction that might be compromised due to the isolation of distance education and serve to facilitate peer learning, as well, as foster the association of real world experience from theory to application. The current paper reviews the online discourse literature related to instructional interventions and participant characteristics (Spatariu, Quinn, and Hartleym, 2007). The purpose of this review is to consider the direction of future online discourse research in an educational climate where technologies are leading the way and the trajectory of students receiving distance education is on a steady incline.


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