Volume 7, Issue 3 - September 2003

Network Analysis of Knowledge Construction in Asynchronous Learning Networks

Reuven Aviv, Ph.D., Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Open University of Israel
Zippy Erlich, Ph.D., Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Open University of Israel
Gilad Ravid, M.A., Center for Information Technology in Distance Education, Open University of Israel
Aviva Geva, Ph.D., Department of Economics and Management, Open University of Israel

Asynchronous Learning Networks (ALNs) make the process of collaboration more transparent, because a transcript of conference messages can be used to assess individual roles and contributions and the collaborative process itself. This study considers three aspects of ALNs: the design, the quality of the resulting knowledge construction process; and cohesion,...

Asynchronous Discussion Groups in Teacher Training Classes: Perceptions of Native and Non-Native Students

Sigrun Biesenbach-Lucas, Department of Language and Foreign Studies, American University

This paper discusses students’ perceptions of an asynchronous electronic discussion assignment implemented shortly after the technology had been introduced to the university. In addition to the weekly face-to-face ...

Teaching Courses Online: How Much Time Does it Take?

Belinda Davis Lazarus, University of Michigan-Dearborn

Studies show that temporal factors like workload and lack of release time inhibit faculty participation in developing and teaching online courses; however, few studies exist to gauge the time commitment....

Face-To-Face Versus Threaded Discussions: The Role of Time and Higher-Order Thinking

Dr. Katrina A. Meyer, University of North Dakota

This study compares the experiences of students in face-to-face (in class) discussions with threaded discussions and also evaluates the threaded discussions for evidence of higher-order thinking. Students were enrolled ...

Formal Course Design and the Student Learning Experience

Gary Brown, Director for the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology, Washington State University
Carrie B. Myers, Affiliate Faculty, Department of Education, Montana State University
Sharon Roy, Assistant Director for the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology, Washington State University

What impact does collaboration between faculty and professional course designers have on the student learning experience? As the use of technologies increases, educational institutions have to find ways of identifying...

Emotion and E-Learning

Kerry O’Regan, Learning and Teaching Development Unit, The University of Adelaide

Traditionally, emotion and cognition have been viewed as polar opposites and this view has been incorporated into theories of learning. One reason for this may be a lack of clarity in defining emotion. In fact there are other perspectives on how emotion and cognition, emotion and learning, are related....

Effects of Social Network on Students' Performance: A Web-Based Forum Study in Taiwan

Heng-Li Yang, Professor, Department of Management Information Systems, National Cheng-Chi University
Jih-Hsin Tang, Phd Candidate, Department of Management Information Systems National Cheng-Chi University, Faculty of Management Information Systems, Tak Ming College

This research investigates the effects of social networks on students’ performance in online education which uses networking as an adjunct mode for enhancing traditional face-to-face education or distance education. Using data ...