Examining the characteristics of student postings that are liked and linked in a CSCL environment

Alexandra, Makos and Lee, Kyungmee and Zingaro, Daniel (2015) Examining the characteristics of student postings that are liked and linked in a CSCL environment. British Journal of Educational Technology, 46 (6). pp. 1281-1294. ISSN 0007-1013

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This case study is the first iteration of a large-scale design-based research project to improve Pepper, an interactive discussion-based learning environment. In this phase, we designed and implemented two social features to scaffold positive learner interactivity behaviors: a “Like” button and linking tool. A mixed-methods approach was used to examine communicative and cognitive characteristics of notes. Additionally, we develop and apply a new metric for cognitive complexity that acknowledges a range of cognitive behavior valuable to a learning community. The findings suggest that the Like and linking functions positively cultivated and sustained interactive behaviors among students, which also led to an increase in the cognitive complexity of student contributions to the online discussion. Suggestions for future iterations of this project are offered.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Educational Technology
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3304
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Educational Research
ID Code: 77609
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 11 Jan 2016 17:00
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 01 Jan 2020 09:33
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/77609

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