Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/22310
Title: Online Communication in dPBL: Can threaded discussion provide social presence and convergence?
Contributor(s): Lobry De Bruyn, Lisa  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2003
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/22310
Abstract: A special issue of Distance Education (Volume 23 (1), 2002) had a number of articles exploring as well as developing models for distributed problem-based learning (dPBL). As more units are being delivered by distance education and online mode due to recent educational developments in higher education (such as large class sizes and more students studying remotely) the efficacy of dPBL in an online environment has been questioned. The reservations about dPBL are often about the type of learning environments that are being created and the tools available to support communication when PBL is distributed in a virtual environment. When transferring traditional PBL to an online environment asynchronous computer mediated communication (ACMC) is one avenue to allow students to communicate independently of time and place, and allow small groups to be formed to communicate questions, opinions and queries. The use of threaded, web-based bulletin board discussions (computer conferencing) that allows asynchronous communication has been criticised for not producing the perceived benefits to learners and educators. This paper assesses the use of ACMC and the level of social presence and convergence as indicators of developing highly responsive and interactive learning communities.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: 16th Open and Distance Learning Assoociation of Australia's Biennial Forum, Canberra, Australia, 1st-4th October, 2003
Source of Publication: Sustaining quality learning environments : conference proceedings, p. 1-10
Publisher: ODLAA: Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia
Place of Publication: Canberra, Australia
Field of Research (FOR): 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
130306 Educational Technology and Computing
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
930101 Learner and Learning Achievement
930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
Other Links: https://trove.nla.gov.au/version/217781244
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