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Labeled Postings for Asynchronous Interaction Article

, Department of Library & Information Science, Fu-Jen Catholic University, Taiwan ; , Graduate Institute of Library, Information and Archival Studies, National Chengchi University, Taiwan ; , Department of Food & Nutrition, Providence University, Taiwan

AACE Journal Volume 17, Number 4, ISSN 1065-6901 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA


Invited as a paper from ED-MEDIA 2008

The Internet promotes computer-mediated communications, and so asynchronous learning network systems permit more flexibility in time, space, and interaction than synchronous mode of learning. The key point of asynchronous learning is the materials for web-aided teaching and the flow of knowledge. This research focuses on improving online interaction by using labeled postings embedded in the e-Forum discussion tool developed for this research. Subjects for the study were students who enrolled in the “Drug & Nutrient Interaction” course using PBL (Problem-Based Learning) approach. Students’ online discussion data were gathered during the academic years of 2004 and 2006. Data from the study reveal that the design of labels for postings promoted interactive responses among learners, and the frequency of personal discussion increased. Self-improvement and the development of new subjects from discussion forums were also observed among learners.


ChanLin, L.J., Chen, Y.T. & Chan, K.C. (2009). Labeled Postings for Asynchronous Interaction. AACE Journal, 17(4), 317-332. Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).