Investigating the Online Interactions of a Team of Test Developers Working in a Wiki Environment

Investigating the Online Interactions of a Team of Test Developers Working in a Wiki Environment

Anna Filipi (Australian Council for Educational Research, Australia) and Sophie Lissonnet (Australian Council for Educational Research, Australia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2618-8.ch017
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Abstract

This chapter reports an investigation of online interactions occurring in the context of the development of a suite of foreign language tests known as the Assessment of Language Competence (ALC) (http://www.acer.edu.au/alc/). The interactions took place in a wiki environment from 2007 to 2009. The aim of the investigation was twofold. The first was to identify the features of the organization of online postings in an asynchronous online environment and to compare them with the organization of face-to-face interaction. The second was to examine how expertise is invoked in interactions centered on the vetting of test items. The chapter uses selected findings from Conversation Analysis and applies them to the postings on the wiki. Findings from the analysis include the rarity of self-repair, similarities in the organization of sequence structure and the same orientations to affiliative behavior found in conversation.
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Findings From Conversation Analysis

The findings from Conversation Analysis that are of relevance to the current analysis are assessments, repair, pursuit of a response, and aspects of sequence organization.

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