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Interaction and Critical Inquiry in Asynchronous Computer-Mediated Conferencing: A Research Agenda

Hopkins, Joseph and Gibson, William and Ros i sole, Cristina and Savvides, Nicola and Starkey, Hugh (2008) Interaction and Critical Inquiry in Asynchronous Computer-Mediated Conferencing: A Research Agenda. Open Learning, 23. pp. 29-42. ISSN 0268-0513

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Abstract

This paper reviews research on learner and tutor interaction in asynchronous computer-mediated (ACM) conferences used in distance learning. The authors note claims made for the potential of ACM conferences to promote higher order critical inquiry and the social construction of knowledge and argue that there is a general lack of evidence regarding the actual achievement of these aims in such conferences. We present and discuss the relevant research literature currently available on the effects of social presence, the tutor’s teaching and moderating strategies, and task type. The paper concludes with recommendations for future research in each of these areas.

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Additional Information: This is an electronic version of an article published in Hopkins, Joseph and Gibson, William and sole, Cristina Ros i and Savvides, Nicola and Starkey, Hugh (2008) Interaction and Critical Inquiry in Asynchronous Computer-Mediated Conferencing: A Research Agenda. Open Learning, 23 (1). Open Learning: The Journal of Open and Distance Learning is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02680510701815301
Controlled Keywords: Digital technologies , asynchronous computer-mediated conferencing , interaction , research , tutor , task design
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Arts and Humanities
IOE Departments > Departments > Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
IOE Departments > Departments > Culture, Communication and Media
Depositing User: IOE Repository Editor (2)
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2010 16:20
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2013 12:10
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