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Forums –Facilitator Roles and Questions – The Effect of Facilitator Action on Student Participation in Discussion Forums.
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Maxfield, M. (2005). Forums –Facilitator Roles and Questions – The Effect of Facilitator Action on Student Participation in Discussion Forums. In G. Richards (Ed.), Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2005 (pp. 1399-1404). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
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World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (ELEARN) 2005
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Abstract: The study focuses on how to improve participation among adult learners when using discussion forums through the use of certain techniques such as types of questions (Socratic method) and the roles used by a facilitator (guide on the side and sage on the stage.) Thirteen participants 18 years of age or older were self-selected. The gender and ethnic background are unknown. An experimental design of a 2 by 2 factorial design was used to compare the groups and techniques. A discussion forum for 2 groups was created with a total of 12 questions, a high and low level question each week for 6 weeks. Each group had the same facilitator but the facilitator role varied. The preliminary findings indicate when designing a discussion forum the facilitator's role should be a Guide on the side role with the use of Socratic lower-level questions to motivate students to participate.
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