Growth patterns and E-Moderating Supports in Asynchronous Online Discussions in an Undergraduate Blended Course
Hajar Ghadirian, Ahmad Fauzi Mohd Ayub, Kamariah Binti Abu Bakar, Maryam Hassanzadeh, Universiti Putra Malaysia
IRRODL Volume 17, Number 3, ISSN 1492-3831 Publisher: Athabasca University Press
This study presents a case study of asynchronous online discussions\u2019 (AOD) growth patterns in an undergraduate blended course to address the gap in our current understanding of how threads are developed in peer-moderated AODs. Building on a taxonomy of thread pattern proposed by Chan, Hew and Cheung (2009), growth patterns of thirty-six forums were explored on three patterns: Short Thread Pattern (SHTP), Extended Thread Pattern (ETP), and Split Thread Pattern (STP). The impact of peer moderating supports on thread growth was also investigated. Types of peer moderators\u2019 supports were explored utilizing a coding scheme from Smet, Keer, Wever, and Valcke\u2019s (2010) study. STP pattern was found to be more common than the other patterns with 74 (37.94%) out of 195 threaded discussions growing on it. The results also showed that, compared to SHTP, in both STP and ETP the occurrences of \u2018Information exchange\u2019 and \u2018Knowledge construction\u2019 supports appeared to be more, while the presences of supports stimulating \u2018Development\u2019, \u2018Access and motivation\u2019 and \u2018Socialization\u2019 were less. Furthermore, the use of \u2018Access and motivation\u2019 and \u2018Socialization\u2019 supports appeared to enhance early thread termination when used individually. Thread continuity was reinforced by the use of \u2018Knowledge construction\u2019 support with other moderating supports.
Ghadirian, H., Fauzi Mohd Ayub, A., Binti Abu Bakar, K. & Hassanzadeh, M. (2016). Growth patterns and E-Moderating Supports in Asynchronous Online Discussions in an Undergraduate Blended Course. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 17(3),. Athabasca University Press.
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