Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105260
Title:
Managing discussion group dynamics in e-learning environments
Author:
Richardson, Christine; Exon, Maggie
Editors:
Khoo, C.; Singh, D.; Chaudhry, A.S.
Citation:
Managing discussion group dynamics in e-learning environments 2006, :598-604
Publisher:
School of Communication & Information, Nanyang Technological University
Issue Date:
2006
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105260
Submitted date:
2007-05-27
Abstract:
This paper examines the challenges involved in understanding group dynamics when utilizing online teaching platforms, such as WebCT. When the student cohort involved is studying professionally oriented technical subjects, people who have prior knowledge of this professional area may exhibit be-haviors which overwhelm other students. In traditional face-to-face tutorial and workshop environments, teachers are able to interact with students, ensuring that they have a comfortable environment in which to contribute and learn. This may involve bringing them out of themselves when they appear intimidated and re-directing them when they threaten to dominate. Teachers can interpret body language and use their own body language and facial expressions as well as verbal comment to maintain a student-centered learning environment. It is much more difficult to influence the dynamics of online discussion. Our ex-perience at Curtin has shown that the potential for intimidation of students leading to their non-participation is stronger than in the classroom, especially when prior professional knowledge and experi-ence is involved. This outcome is opposite to expectations of web communication, usually believed to be an environment where people can overcome the constraints of their personality and participate in discus-sion more easily. Reasons this may occur will be examined together with techniques for ensuring that students are afforded an equitable learning environment.
Type:
Conference Paper
Language:
en
Keywords:
Library and Information Science Education
Local subject classification:
e-learning; discussion group dynamics

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorRichardson, Christineen_US
dc.contributor.authorExon, Maggieen_US
dc.contributor.editorKhoo, C.en_US
dc.contributor.editorSingh, D.en_US
dc.contributor.editorChaudhry, A.S.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2007-05-27T00:00:01Z-
dc.date.available2010-06-18T23:22:20Z-
dc.date.issued2006en_US
dc.date.submitted2007-05-27en_US
dc.identifier.citationManaging discussion group dynamics in e-learning environments 2006, :598-604en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/105260-
dc.description.abstractThis paper examines the challenges involved in understanding group dynamics when utilizing online teaching platforms, such as WebCT. When the student cohort involved is studying professionally oriented technical subjects, people who have prior knowledge of this professional area may exhibit be-haviors which overwhelm other students. In traditional face-to-face tutorial and workshop environments, teachers are able to interact with students, ensuring that they have a comfortable environment in which to contribute and learn. This may involve bringing them out of themselves when they appear intimidated and re-directing them when they threaten to dominate. Teachers can interpret body language and use their own body language and facial expressions as well as verbal comment to maintain a student-centered learning environment. It is much more difficult to influence the dynamics of online discussion. Our ex-perience at Curtin has shown that the potential for intimidation of students leading to their non-participation is stronger than in the classroom, especially when prior professional knowledge and experi-ence is involved. This outcome is opposite to expectations of web communication, usually believed to be an environment where people can overcome the constraints of their personality and participate in discus-sion more easily. Reasons this may occur will be examined together with techniques for ensuring that students are afforded an equitable learning environment.en_US
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherSchool of Communication & Information, Nanyang Technological Universityen_US
dc.subjectLibrary and Information Science Educationen_US
dc.subject.othere-learningen_US
dc.subject.otherdiscussion group dynamicsen_US
dc.titleManaging discussion group dynamics in e-learning environmentsen_US
dc.typeConference Paperen_US
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