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Designing a Discussion Environment to Enhance Connectivity and Sustainability in Asynchronous Online Discussion
ARTICLE

, Ohio University, United States

Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia Volume 20, Number 1, ISSN 1055-8896 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA

Abstract

Lack of connectivity and sustainability are two common problems in asynchronous online discussions. In this paper, the author proposes that the two problems may have to do with the structure of threaded forums, that is, the design of threaded forums may constrain participants from having well-connected and sustained discussions. A new discussion environment was developed to promote the connectivity and sustainability of discussion in an online course, and an exploratory study was conducted to test the effectiveness of the new environment.

Citation

Gao, F. (2011). Designing a Discussion Environment to Enhance Connectivity and Sustainability in Asynchronous Online Discussion. Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, 20(1), 43-59. Waynesville, NC USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved November 13, 2019 from .