Critical moments of knowledge co-construction: Reconsidering meaning-making of postings in online group discussion

Hsiu Mei Chang, Fei Ching Chen, Kai Tien Cheng, Ren Yow Tzeng

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Abstract

This study attempts to investigate the critical moments in online knowledge coconstruction. We analyzed the episodes of the dynamic group discussion by reconsidering the meaning-making of each posting in order to gain a full contextual understanding of how collective knowledge developed. The results identified three critical moments: "confusion and hesitation", "from stick around to move forward" and "making justification and breaking through". Unlike using the single posting or adjacent pairs of postings as the unit of analysis, this study claims that linking backwards to earlier turns is as important as linking forwards to later turns for discovering a complete picture of how online group members co-construct knowledge. The nuance of dealing with the time dimension across different approaches in CSCL is also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConnecting Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning to Policy and Practice
Subtitle of host publicationCSCL 2011 Conference Proceedings - Long Papers, 9th International Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference
Pages80-87
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 2011
Event9th International Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference: Connecting Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning to Policy and Practice, CSCL 2011 - Hong Kong, China
Duration: 4 Jul 20118 Jul 2011

Publication series

NameConnecting Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning to Policy and Practice: CSCL 2011 Conference Proceedings - Long Papers, 9th International Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference
Volume1

Conference

Conference9th International Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference: Connecting Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning to Policy and Practice, CSCL 2011
Country/TerritoryChina
CityHong Kong
Period4/07/118/07/11

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