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Categorising Asynchronous Discussion Threads: Improving the Quality of Student Learning

Barnett, Anthony (2015) Categorising Asynchronous Discussion Threads: Improving the Quality of Student Learning. In: Annual UW Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Conference, 18th June 2015, University of Worcester.

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My paper will focus on the generative potential of categorising asynchronous discussion threads as one strategy for improving the quality of students’ learning in a blended learning module. The approach to categorisation is based on social network analysis using intuitively simple descriptors of message posting patterns e.g. passive facilitator, dominant facilitator, unresponsive star and formulaic discussion. The intention is to produce descriptively vivid illustrative examples of the categories and to begin to suggest affordances of the different participation patterns. Looking forward to the beginning of the next module, it is anticipated that discussion during the module of approaches to participating in asynchronous discussion will contribute to effective engagement patterns and deeper learning.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: asynchronous discussion threads, blended learning, teaching, student experience, social network analysis
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: College of Arts, Humanities and Education > School of Education
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Depositing User: Anthony Barnett
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2015 12:53
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:07

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