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Kelvin Thompson

U. of Maine campus experiments with small-scale, high-touch open courses | Inside Highe... - 14 views

  • MOOCs are the new “thneeds,” the oddly-shaped items peddled by the Once-ler in The Lorax: Everybody seems to want one, even if nobody yet knows exactly what they are or what they mean.
Florence Dujardin

Assessing the effects of interactive blogging on student attitudes towards peer interac... - 1 views

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    Blogs have been increasingly used to supplement traditional classroom lectures in higher education. This paper explores the use of blogs, and how student attitudes towards online peer interaction and peer learning, as well as motivation to learn from peers, may differ when using the blog comments feature, and when students are encouraged to read and comment on each other's work. We contrast two ways blogs affect learning engagement: (1) solitary blogs as personal digital portfolios for writers; or (2) blogs used interactively to facilitate peer interaction by exposing blogging content and comments to peers. A quasi-experiment was conducted across two semesters, involving 154 graduate and undergraduate students. The result suggests that interactive blogs, compared with isolated blogs, are associated with positive attitudes towards academic achievement in course subjects and in online peer interaction. Students showed positive motivation to learn from peer work, regardless of whether blogs were interactive or solitary.
Phil Taylor

Educators' Perceptions of Uses, Constraints, and Successful Practices of Backchanneling... - 32 views

  • Backchannels, forms of instant message conversations, take place during synchronous learning sessions.
  • The growing literature on the uses of backchanneling is showing a progression from experimentation to integration.
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