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dc.contributor.authorCollecutt, Richarden_NZ
dc.description.abstractThis research identifies and studies the techniques and strategies used by New Zealand tertiary tutors in the process of encouraging participation, and ultimately learning, when using online asynchronous discussion forums. The last decade has seen considerable growth in online learning and the discussion forum now features as a mainstream teaching tool in both fully online courses and in blended delivery. Of interest are the strategies tutors use in online discussion forums: exactly how do tutors encourage an online class to participate and engage in meaningful discourse in a textual asynchronous communication medium? Twelve New Zealand tertiary tutors were interviewed in a semi-structured manner, gathering both demographic data and data from open-ended questions. The openended questions were designed to ascertain the tutors’ perceptions about the pedagogical considerations of online learning, the barriers students may face and the techniques the tutors use to compensate for these barriers. The results were analysed using qualitative methods, summarised and discussed. The study shows that a number of the tutors interviewed used a range of strategies across both the affective and cognitive domains, and these tutors were aware of which barriers their strategies are targeting. Where a narrow selection of strategies was used it was apparent that some of the barriers to participation were not being addressed.en_NZ
dc.subjectonline learningen_NZ
dc.subjectasynchronous discussion forumsen_NZ
dc.titleScaffolding asynchronous communicationen_NZ
dc.typeMasters Dissertationen_NZ
dc.rights.holderRichard Collecutten_NZ of Computingen_NZ of Computing and Information Technologyen_NZ Institute of Technologyen_NZ
dc.subject.marsdenInformation, Computing and Communication Sciences (280000)en_NZ
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationCollecutt, R. E. (2008). Scaffolding asynchronous communication. Unpublished thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the degree of Master of Computing, Unitec New Zealand, New Zealand.en_NZ
unitec.supervisorJoyce, Donald|Unitec New Zealanden_NZ
unitec.supervisorShukla, Ranjana|Unitec New Zealanden_NZ
unitec.institutionUnitec New Zealanden_NZ
dc.contributor.affiliationUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ
unitec.advisor.principalJoyce, Donald
unitec.advisor.associatedShukla, Ranjana

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