Constructing Online Conversation to Support Learning

Constructing Online Conversation to Support Learning

Li Jin (Kent State University, USA) and Albert Ingram (Kent State University, USA)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 17
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-597-9.ch014
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Abstract

This chapter reviews the literature of conversation in online environment; introduces the technologies that facilitate online conversation, such as email, discussion board, instant messaging, chat rooms, and computer conferencing; discusses issues related to making good use of available technology to effectively construct online conversation; and gives practical suggestions and strategies for planning online course, enhancing participation, fostering learning community, encouraging knowledge construction, and controlling online conversation. Learner characteristics and needs are major factors considered through the whole process. Future trends of individualization of online conversation as the way to individualizing online learning experience are pursued. Further readings on research trends are provided as well.

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