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A Research Synthesis of Asynchronous Online Discussions in Higher Education Settings: 2005-2016
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, George Washington University, United States

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Washington, DC, United States Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA

Abstract

This research synthesis examines empirical research conducted between 2005 and 2016 regarding asynchronous online discussions (AODs) in higher education settings. The review’s overarching research question is: “What does research tell us about asynchronous online discussions in higher education settings?” Preliminary findings show that the studies selected for analyses primarily concentrated on: 1) factors that affected the quality of and participation in AOD, 2) the types of questions posed and thinking fostered in AODs, 3) the effects of AODs on students, particularly on their learning and building a learning community, and 4) the types of strategies utilized in AODs. This brief paper will share a synthesis of these findings and make suggestions for future research.

Citation

Milman, N. (2016). A Research Synthesis of Asynchronous Online Discussions in Higher Education Settings: 2005-2016. In Proceedings of E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning (pp. 753-756). Washington, DC, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved July 17, 2019 from .

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