Monday, March 5
5:55 PM-6:15 PM
Creekside II

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

Brief Paper ID: 35447
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    Yanyan Sun
    Ohio University
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    Fei Gao
    Bowling Green State University

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.

Presider: Diane Galloway, University of Texas - Arlington


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