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How media choice affects learner interactions in distance learning classes
Abstract In this research we explore aspects of learning, social interaction and community across online learning, also known as distance learning, in higher education. We measure the impact ofExpand
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Design and evaluation of instructor-based and peer-oriented attention guidance functionalities in an open source anchored discussion system
Social interactions to supplement learning and asynchronous tools to facilitate exchange of quality ideas have gained much attention in information systems education. While various systems exist,Expand
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Student Perceptions of Microblogging: Integrating Twitter with Blogging to Support Learning and Interaction.
Social networking technologies are used by millions of individuals around the globe to foster dialogue and share all types of information. It is therefore common to see that campuses abound withExpand
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A Dynamic Social Feedback System to Support Learning and Social Interaction in Higher Education
  • Brian Thoms
  • Computer Science
  • IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies
  • 1 October 2011
In this research, we examine the design, construction, and implementation of a dynamic, easy to use, feedback mechanism for social software. The tool was integrated into an existing university'sExpand
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A Classifier to Evaluate Language Specificity of Medical Documents
Consumer health information written by health care professionals is often inaccessible to the consumers it is written for. Traditional readability formulas examine syntactic features like sentenceExpand
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HealthATM: personal health cyberinfrastructure for underserved populations.
BACKGROUND There is an opportunity for personal health record (PHR) systems to play a vital role in fostering health self-management within underserved populations. If properly designed and promoted,Expand
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Resurrecting Graduate Conversation through an Online Learning Community
This article reports on action research that implements online learning community (OLC) software to foster conversation at a specific graduate school. The design of the research is informed byExpand
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Introducing a twitter discussion board to support learning in online and blended learning environments
In this research we present a new design component for online learning communities (OLC); one that integrates Twitter with an online discussion board (ODB). We introduce our design across twoExpand
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Online learning communities in the New 'U'
In an academic world largely dominated by instructor-facilitated learning environments (i.e., lecture halls and course management software), our research implements and measures the impact of aExpand
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Instructor versus Peer Attention Guidance in Online Learning Conversations
This paper reports a theory-driven experimental study for designing and evaluating two different forms of attention-guidance functionalities integrated into an anchored-discussion system. UsingExpand
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