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

  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 Creekside II

Abstract: 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 ...