Conversation Design in the Electronic Discussion Age

Conversation Design in the Electronic Discussion Age

Gregory MacKinnon (Acadia University, Canada)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 16
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-597-9.ch007
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The goal of the chapter to examine a way in which Pask’ s conversation theory (CT) can be used as a theoretical framework for designing blended courses using a collaborative inquiry approach for teaching and learning in campus-based university. This chapter comprises three parts that explains a) the constructs of CT, and their relations in regard to online collaborative inquiry, b) the four principles derived from the constructs of CT and the possible use of these principles to design a blended course, and c) how the effects of these constructs can be used to assess the effectiveness of this CT based blended course design. This chapter is concluded with the discussion and implications for course design, and future research on CT.

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