Ghosts, stars, and learning online: Analysis of interaction patterns in student online discussions

  • Debbie Samuels-Peretz Wheelock College
Keywords: e-learning, online learning, computer mediated communication, interaction patterns, gender

Abstract

Discussions are commonly used in online teaching and have been shown to foster student learning and collaboration. This case study uses content analysis to explore the interaction patterns of student online discussions during a semester-long teacher preparation course using concepts from sociometry. Findings suggest that interaction patterns were influenced by the content of student posts. Online discussions in this case were found to be an equitable form of collaborative learning, enabling each student to have a voice. There were, however, indications that gendered ways of knowing may play a role in the content of interaction, if not in the patterns themselves.

Published
2014-06-16
How to Cite
Samuels-Peretz, D. (2014). Ghosts, stars, and learning online: Analysis of interaction patterns in student online discussions. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 15(3). https://doi.org/10.19173/irrodl.v15i3.1641
Section
Research Articles