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A Study of Asynchronous and Synchronous Discussion on Cognitive Maps in a Distributed Learning Environment
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, National Institute of Multimedia Education, Japan

WebNet World Conference on the WWW and Internet, in Honolulu, Hawaii Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

A comparative study of use of asynchronous (bulletin board) and
synchronous (chat) for discussion on three learning units based on the cognitive maps
developed by the learners has been made. We have found that cognitive maps could
be an effective tool for learners for discussion in a distributed learning environment.
Cognitive maps provided learners to organize their understanding of the learning
units. During the discussion session on the Internet the learners were able to
exchange their ideas based on the cognitive maps. After the discussion learners
modified their cognitive maps with regard to newer understanding of the text. The
learners have preferred bulletin board as a discussion platform as it gave them better
opportunity to concretize their thought before responding to the collaborating group
members.

Citation

Bhattacharya, M. (1999). A Study of Asynchronous and Synchronous Discussion on Cognitive Maps in a Distributed Learning Environment. In Proceedings of WebNet World Conference on the WWW and Internet 1999 (pp. 100-105). Honolulu, Hawaii: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved April 21, 2019 from .

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