The Effects of "Facilitating" in Online Asynchronous Learning

ID: 32412 Type: Full Paper
  1. Wenge Guo and Yan Wen, Peking University, China
  2. Jing Lei, Syracuse University, United States
  3. Jianjun Hou, Peking University, China

Thursday, March 10 10:15-10:45 AM

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With one large-scale online course as a research context, and based on data collected from 110 K-12 participating teachers—45 in the experimental group and 65 in the control group, this study analyzes the effects of the "facilitating" on the participation and cognitive progress of learners in three outcome variables, including the quantity of discussion, the depth of discussion, and the cognitive level of postings. The results suggested that the "facilitating” can significantly improve the depth of discussion and the cognitive level of learners, which indicates that, appropriately designed, "facilitating" is an important factor to improve the participation of online learners and to enhance the quality of online learning.

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