Online tools for small-group discussion: a comparison between threaded forums and collaborative mind-maps

ID: 50185 Type: Full Paper
  1. Rosa Cendros Araujo and George Gadanidis, Western University, Canada

Monday, March 6 10:45 AM-11:15 AM Location: Capitol H View on map

Presider: Henry Gillow-Wiles, Southern Oregon University, United States

Abstract: In online environments, small-group activities are generally conducted through threaded forums as the medium for students to share and build knowledge collaboratively. However, previous studies have shown that threaded forums have a number of limitations for student interaction, and representational tools (such as mind-mapping tools) are presented as an alternative to foster collaborative knowledge construction in online settings. In this proposal, we present a comparison of two blended courses that used online threaded forums and collaborative mind-mapping respectively. We are interested in responding to the questions: How do students interact when they engage in online discussions through threaded forums and mind-maps? And what are the differences between student interaction in threaded forums and mind-maps?

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