Engagement by design: marrying pedagogy and technology for better learning conversations via asynchronous electronic discussions

Dorman, Marilyn and McDonald, Jacquelin (2005) Engagement by design: marrying pedagogy and technology for better learning conversations via asynchronous electronic discussions. In: Enhancing learning and teaching: pedagogy, technology and language. Post Pressed, Flaxton, Australia, pp. 101-118. ISBN 1-876682-85-X

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With increased use of online discussion groups, academic staff have greater opportunities to see how students are responding to and addressing learning issues. Careful attention to pedagogical issues at the course design and writing stages helps to optimize student engagement with the learning content, particularly by integrating such discussions into the course design. Further, by making explicit links to course objectives, teaching and learning goals, and the broader expectations of other key stakeholders in the Faculties and professional bodies, it is more likely that participants will view the discussions as an integral part of an authentic learning environment.

This paper will use the ADDIE (Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation and Evaluation) instructional design approach as a framework for planning the incorporation of electronic discussions as a learning tool, at the same time allowing for flexibility to accommodate changing learner/teacher needs. Ideally, the pedagogical issues need to be addressed at the initial stages of development. However, in reality this ideal may not always be possible, so this paper will suggest other strategies for incorporating discussion groups into the learning and teaching environment after the key resources have been developed. This discussion of pedagogical issues draws on contemporary literature, and is supported by examples from various disciplines.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Author retains copyright.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Distance and e-Learning Centre
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:28
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2016 01:24
Uncontrolled Keywords: electronic discussions; online discussions; pedagogical issues; student engagement
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200105 Organisational, Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/747

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