Analysing knowledge building: usages, achievements and limits of forums at university
by Noemí Verdú; Jaume Sanuy
International Journal of Innovation and Learning (IJIL), Vol. 12, No. 1, 2012

Abstract: This paper aims to explore asynchronous communication in computer supported collaborative learning (CSCL). Thirty virtual forums are analysed in both a quantitative and a qualitative way. Quantitatively, the number of messages written, message threads and original and answer messages are counted. Qualitatively, the content of the notes is analysed, cataloguing these into two different levels: on one hand, as a set of knowledge building process categories, and on the other hand, following the scaffolds that Knowledge Forum offers. The results show that both an exchange of information and a collaborative work take place. Nevertheless, the construction of knowledge is superficial.

Online publication date: Thu, 28-Aug-2014

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