Legacies of learning: Negotiating guidelines for online discussion
Forbes, D. L. (2015). Legacies of learning: Negotiating guidelines for online discussion. In N. Wright & D. L. Forbes (Eds.), Digital Smarts: Enhancing Learning & Teaching (pp. 82–103). Hamilton, New Zealand: Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research, The University of Waikato.
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This study involves students in constructing a community resource or legacy for future learners to use. In this instance, the resource takes the form of a set of guidelines for Asynchronous Online Discussion (AOD). Working within Moodle, teacher education students negotiated and revised sets of AOD guidelines for use in their own class, and to provide as a legacy for a future class. Data were generated over two semesters by consecutive cohorts of students. The findings highlight some key expectations that students set for peers when learning through AOD, such as a preference for accurate and responsive postings. It is also apparent that students appreciate and value the opportunity to negotiate guidelines. In terms of digital smarts, this study promotes effective use of AOD as an accessible means of engaging students in dialogue and deep learning. It is smart to negotiate guidelines for AOD with students so that expectations are clear, student perspectives are respected and opportunities to contribute to others’ learning are provided.
Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research, The University of Waikato
Digital Smarts by Noeline Wright and Dianne Forbes (Eds) 2015 is licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 International Licence.
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