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

Hopkins, J; Gibson, W; Ros i sole, C; Savvides, N; Starkey, H; (2008) Interaction and Critical Inquiry in Asynchronous Computer-Mediated Conferencing: A Research Agenda. Open Learning , 23 pp. 29-42. 10.1080/02680510701815301. Green open access

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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.

Type: Article
Title: Interaction and Critical Inquiry in Asynchronous Computer-Mediated Conferencing: A Research Agenda
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/02680510701815301
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
Keywords: Digital technologies, asynchronous computer-mediated conferencing, interaction, research, tutor, task design
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1562502
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