Achieving highly productive online discussions in blended learning environments

Updated: 9:52am, 14 Nov, 2022
10 February 2011 (Thu)
Room 101, 1/F., Runme Shaw Bldg., HKU
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seminar outlines the development and testing of an instructional design
framework for producing highly productive online discussions in a blended
learning environment. Although the
discussion activity has great potential for student engagement and knowledge
construction, in most course implementations it usually fails to deliver. The facilitator will describe the design
conditions required to create a successful discussion, and review a study done
at HKU comparing the results of a course using this discussion framework to the
same course using a conventional discussion activity design. This seminar will also introduce a new type
of qualitative measurement which graphically illustrates the depth and dynamics
of an online discussion. Finally, the
facilitator will demonstrate how these participation-based discussions are
integrated into the design of an eLearning course to effectively utilize a
1-to-1 laptop environment.

This is a
CITE/TEL@HKU Seminar presented as part of the Earmarked TDG project for 4-Year
Undergraduate Curriculum Reform "Building Communities of Good Practices in
Using ICT in the Curriculum".

About the speaker(s):

Knutzen has been teaching using technology for 30 years: in the 80&rsquo;s it was
Bulletin Board Systems (BBS), and in the 90&rsquo;s it was the Web.&nbsp; Since coming to Hong Kong he has been
teaching using Moodle for 6 years, and the Second Life virtual learning
environment for the past 4.&nbsp; He has
developed private educational spaces in the virtual world to support learning
activities for courses in Design and Programming, Visual Studies, and English
language acquisition. He currently works as an Educational Development Officer
in the Teaching &amp; Learning Centre of Lingnan University, and as a
instructor on the MITE 6311 eLearning course at HKU.&nbsp; His research areas include the integration of
virtual learning environments with instruction, and developing a framework
which can motivate students to produce highly interactive online discussions.</p>

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