How to structure online discussions for meaningful discourse: a case study

@article{Gilbert2005HowTS,
  title={How to structure online discussions for meaningful discourse: a case study},
  author={Patricia K. Gilbert and Nada Dabbagh},
  journal={Br. J. Educ. Technol.},
  year={2005},
  volume={36},
  pages={5-18}
}
This study examined the impact of structuredness of asynchronous online discussion protocols and evaluation rubrics on meaningful discourse. Transcripts of twelve online discussions involving 87 participants from four sections of a graduate course entitled Instructional Technology Foundations and Learning Theory were analysed across four semesters. Protocols and evaluation rubrics guiding online discussions in this course ranged from minimal structure or loosely defined protocols in the first… 

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