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The Challenge of Designing and Evaluating "Interaction" in Web-Based Distance Education [microform] / Charlotte Gunawardena
Bib ID 5676615
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
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Gunawardena, Charlotte
 
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Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1999 
7 p. 
Summary

The purpose of this paper is threefold: (1) to discuss issues related to the design of interaction on the World Wide Web using models of interaction developed for distance education; (2) to examine several techniques for the analysis of interactions and the quality of the learning experience in a computer-mediated group conference; and (3) to propose a model for analyzing the social construction of knowledge in such a group conference. The paper provides guidelines for both designers and evaluators of Web-based instruction. The definition of interaction in a computer mediated communication (CMC) environment is examined since definitions of interaction for interpersonal communication used by communication researchers to study face-to-face dialogue do not transfer well to the CMC context. Three types of interaction are discussed: learner-content, learner-instructor, and learner-learner. The strengths and shortcomings of the interaction analysis techniques that have been developed are pointed out, and a model for analyzing the quality of CMC interactions and learning experiences is proposed. The application of this model for analyzing interaction is briefly discussed. (Contains 17 references.) (MES)

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ERIC Note: In: WebNet 99 World Conference on the WWW and Internet Proceedings (Honolulu, Hawaii, October 24-30, 1999); see IR 020 454.

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18: https://eric.ed.gov/

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Computer Mediated Communication.  |  Constructivism (Learning)  |  Distance Education.  |  Educational Environment.  |  Instructional Design.  |  Interaction.  |  Interaction Process Analysis.  |  Models.  |  Postsecondary Education.  |  Teleconferencing.  |  Web Based Instruction.  |  Knowledge Development
Form/genre Reports, Descriptive.  |  Speeches/Meeting Papers.
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