University teachers' conceptions of learning through online discussion: preliminary findings

Martin L. Parisio

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    Abstract

    This paper reports work-in-progress phenomenographic research investigating university teachers' conceptions of learning through online discussion. The study is being carried out at a large research-intensive University in Australia with fifteen teachers. Semi-structured interviews are complete and several transcripts have been analysed to reveal emerging categories of conception. Preliminary findings suggest that teachers consider learning through online discussion in four qualitatively different ways: (A) Learning through online discussion as a way to provide think-time; (B) Learning through online discussion as a way to enable accessibility; (C) Learning through online discussion as a way to foster a learning community; and (D) Learning through online discussion as a way to foster collaborative knowledge building. The outcomes of this study may have implications for university teachers, educational designers, academic developers and all those involved with the enhancement of student engagement, learning experiences and outcomes.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 27th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education, ASCILITE 2010
    EditorsCaroline Steel, Mike Keppell, Philippa Gerbic, Simon Housego
    Place of PublicationSt Lucia, QLD
    PublisherThe University of Queensland
    Pages733-737
    Number of pages5
    ISBN (Print)9781742720166
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    Event27th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education, ASCILITE 2010 - Sydney, NSW, Australia
    Duration: 5 Dec 20108 Dec 2010

    Conference

    Conference27th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education, ASCILITE 2010
    CountryAustralia
    CitySydney, NSW
    Period5/12/108/12/10

    Keywords

    • Computer-mediated discussion
    • Educational design
    • Higher education
    • Learning through discussion
    • Online discussion
    • Phenomenography

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