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Designing a Discussion Environment to Enhance Connectivity and Sustainability in Asynchronous Online Discussion
Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia
  • Fei Gao, Bowling Green State University - Main Campus
Document Type
Article
Abstract

Lack of connectivity and sustainability are two common problems in asynchronous online discussions. In this paper, the author proposes that the two problems may have to do with the structure of threaded forums, that is, the design of threaded forums may constrain participants from having well-connected and sustained discussions. A new discussion environment was developed to promote the connectivity and sustainability of discussion in an online course, and an exploratory study was conducted to test the effectiveness of the new environment.

Publication Date
1-1-2011
Publisher
Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education
ISSN
1055-8896
Citation Information
Fei Gao. "Designing a Discussion Environment to Enhance Connectivity and Sustainability in Asynchronous Online Discussion" Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia Vol. 20 Iss. 1 (2011) p. 43 - 59
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/gaof/11/