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Asynchronous On-Line Discussions: Facilitating Critical Thinking Skills Within Traditional Classrooms PROCEEDINGS

, Purdue University, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-44-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

In a traditional classroom, discussions are often hindered due to limited class time and unequal access of interaction. It is difficult for instructors to monitor collaborative discussions and critical thinking. An asynchronous online forum is a promising tool to cope with this problem. This paper reports an ongoing project that examines the effects of asynchronous online forums on critical thinking and overall learning performance, and also probes students' overall perspectives toward the effect and function of using asynchronous discussion forums in the context of university courses. The research design, participants, instruments, and data analysis of this project are described.

Citation

Yang, Y.T. (2002). Asynchronous On-Line Discussions: Facilitating Critical Thinking Skills Within Traditional Classrooms. In D. Willis et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2002 (pp. 335-336). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

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