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Graphically mapping electronic discussions: unlocking online dynamics

Duncan-Howell, Jennifer A. (2007) Graphically mapping electronic discussions: unlocking online dynamics. In British Educational Research Association (BERA) Conference 2007, 5-8 September 2007, London.

Abstract

Transcripts of electronic discussions have traditionally been examined via the use of conversational analysis techniques. Coding such transcripts provides rich data regarding the content and nature of the discussions that take place. However, understanding the content of the messages is not limited to the actual message itself. An electronic message is sent either in response to or to start a discussion thread. Examining the entry point of a new message can help to clarify the dynamics of the community discussion. Electronic discussions do not appear to follow traditional conversational norms. New messages may be immediate responses or they can be responses to messages posted over a longer period of time in the past. However, by graphically mapping electronic discussions, a clearer understanding of the dynamics of electronic discussions can be achieved. This paper will present the findings of a study that concluded that three distinct patterns exist which electronic discussions may follow and each of these patterns were indicative of a distinct type of electronic discussion.

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ID Code: 12333
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Technology and Computing (130306)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 03 Jun 2008
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2009 14:06

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