Analysis of learning behavior in problem-solving-based and project-based discussion activities within the seamless online learning integrated discussion (solid) system

Sheng Yi Wu, Huei Tse Hou, Wu Yuin Hwang, Eric Zhi Feng Liu

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Abstract

Both asynchronous and synchronous discussions have advantages and limitations for online learning. This study conducts an empirical analysis of these discussion activities while applying the proposed Seamless Online Learning Integrated Discussion (SOLID) system, which can instantly integrate Facebook's asynchronous discussion function with the MSN Messenger's synchronous discussion function. This study examines two teaching activities (a problem-solving-based activity and a project-based discussion activity) within the SOLID system and compares their differences in knowledge construction phases and cognitive dimensions via a quantitative content analysis and lag sequential analysis. The results show that both cognitive and knowledge construction dimensions exhibit a higher diversity of interaction in the project-based activity than in the problem-solving-based activity. In addition, based on the results of the research, this study offers, as reference, recommendations to instructors and researchers for the implementation of online discussion activities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-82
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Educational Computing Research
Volume49
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2013

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