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Modes of Online Synchronous Discussion
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, National Changhua University of Education, Taiwan

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Washington, DC, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-54-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA

Abstract

This paper illustrates and discusses the different structures of online synchronous discussion currently in practice based on the action research. The participants were 31 pre-service teachers who took the course on Classroom Management. The results show (a) intimacy and moderating skills are essential to effective online small group synchronous discussions; (b) turn-taking is an effective technique to reduce the degree of chaos in the OSD if the number of participants is not small; (c) although turn-taking is an effective technique, the trade off is the equity of active participation; and (d) if the topic is controversial and matches the discussion format, active participation will be encouraged. An alternative online debating structure to augment the quality and the value of the OSD is proposed and deserves further research.

Citation

Wang, C.h. (2004). Modes of Online Synchronous Discussion. In J. Nall & R. Robson (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2004--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 1525-1532). Washington, DC, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved January 20, 2020 from .

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