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Web Annotation and Threaded Forum: How Did Learners Use the Two Environments in an Online Discussion?
Journal of Information Technology Education: Innovations in Practice
  • Yanyan Sun, Ohio University - Main Campus
  • Fei Gao, Bowling Green State University - Main Campus
Document Type
Article
Abstract

Web annotation is a Web 2.0 technology that allows learners to work collaboratively on web pages or electronic documents. This study explored the use of Web annotation as an online discussion tool by comparing it to a traditional threaded discussion forum. Ten graduate students participated in the study. Participants had access to both a Web annotation tool and a threaded forum when having discussion on a given topic and were free to use either tool or both to post their comments. A case study method was adopted. The analysis of participant posts and participant survey responses showed that both the threaded forum and the Web annotation tool successfully supported interactions and knowledge construction during the online discussion. The Web annotation tool had advantages in locating specific information on the websites and making content-specific discussions, and the discussion forum was more suitable for posting summarized comments. While participants were more likely to offer alternative or complementary views in the discussion forum, self-reflection was the major type of knowledge construction behavior when participants used the Web annotation tool.

Publication Date
1-1-2014
Publisher
Informing Science Institute
ISSN
2165-316X
Citation Information
Yanyan Sun and Fei Gao. "Web Annotation and Threaded Forum: How Did Learners Use the Two Environments in an Online Discussion?" Journal of Information Technology Education: Innovations in Practice Vol. 13 (2014) p. 69 - 88
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/gaof/20/