Threaded Forum VS Web Annotation: Which Is Better for Online Discussion?

ID: 35447 Type: Brief Paper
  1. Yanyan Sun, Ohio University, United States
  2. Fei Gao, Bowling Green State University, United States

Monday, March 5 5:55 PM-6:15 PM Location: Creekside II View on map

Presider: Diane Galloway, University of Texas - Arlington, United States

Abstract This study explored the use of collaborative web annotation as an online discussion tool by comparing it to a traditional threaded discussion forum. Ten graduate students who participated in the study were provided with opportunities to use a web annotation tool and a discussion forum for discussion on a given topic. They were free to choose either tool or both to post their discussions. A questionnaire was conducted at the end of the lesson asking participants’ experiences of using the different tools. The posts in the discussion were also analyzed to determine the differences. The results showed that web annotation had advantages in locating specific information on the websites and encouraging engagement.

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