Assessing messaging activity in an online discussion forum using an innovation adoption approach

  • 970 views
Uploaded on

 

More in: Education , Technology
  • Full Name Full Name Comment goes here.
    Are you sure you want to
    Your message goes here
    Be the first to comment
    Be the first to like this
No Downloads

Views

Total Views
970
On Slideshare
0
From Embeds
0
Number of Embeds
0

Actions

Shares
Downloads
2
Comments
0
Likes
0

Embeds 0

No embeds

Report content

Flagged as inappropriate Flag as inappropriate
Flag as inappropriate

Select your reason for flagging this presentation as inappropriate.

Cancel
    No notes for slide

Transcript

  • 1. Assessing messaging activity in an online discussion forum using an innovation adoption approach Steven Lopes Abrantes Instituto Politécnico de Viseu (Portugal) [email_address] Luis Borges Gouveia Universidade Fernando Pessoa (Portugal) [email_address] ICTEL – International Conference on Technology-Enhance Learning 27-July-2011
  • 2. Main Purpose of the study
    • Verify which of the students are in the initial and the majority market of adopters ;
    • C lassify what type of messages do these different kind of students send when using an online discussion forum , involved in this study, and
  • 3.
    • It was felt that learning was to acquire knowledge through a process of attention, memorization, and reproduction of it;
    • The integration of computer in education is now a reality impossible to ignore and one that must be studied;
    Technology Environments
  • 4. Technology Environments
    • New technologies allow the creation of new knowledge spaces;
    • Now, besides the school, also the working place and the home have become places for education and learning;
    • The computer can still be understood, not as one common tool, but a tool that support and foster collaborative learning.
  • 5. Collaborative Technology Environments
    • With collaborative technology environments people today can spread knowledge more easily, compared with the 60s, mainly due to the emergence of the Internet .
  • 6.
    • The use of new technologies leads us increasingly to a student-centered model;
    • This model is essential to have an intensive communication both among students, and between students and teachers;
    • The forums are one of the key components for this type of communication;
    • Forum popularity is due to the fact that it is available 24 hours, 7 days a week, allowing users to operate anytime and anywhere.
    Collaborative Technology Environments
  • 7. Innovation and diffusion in Technology The adoption of innovation has been a research subject studied by Everett M. Rogers
  • 8.
    • Moore (2001) examined the issue of innovation adoption and stated that there is a " break in the normal curve "
    • (Geoghegan, 1994) identifies four factors that might facilitate the crossing of the abyss:
      • Recognition;
      • Vertical orientation;
      • Convincing value;
      • Institutional commitment.
    Innovation and diffusion in Technology
  • 9.
    • Although the use of forums in the context of higher education is already widely used, some issues associated with its utilization arise;
      • The evaluation issue is quite complex and raises many questions;
      • With the simple counting of posts of each participant in an online discussion forum, you cannot measure the quality of interactions;
    • This study uses Mesquita (2007) approach to classify the students messages
    Evaluating online discussion forums
  • 10. The study
    • This study involves one hundred and twelve students from a higher education institution;
    • The main tool used was Google Groups;
    • This study uses:
        • Classification of messages (Mesquita, 2007);
        • The scores of individual innovation developed by Anderson, Varnhagen and Campbell (1999);
  • 11.
    • In this study:
    • University school students;
    • 78.57% were males;
    • 84,82% had ages between sixteen and twenty four years;
    The study
  • 12. The study IM (14) MM (67)
  • 13. The study Number of messages/Innovation Average number of messages/Innovation IM MM Concentração 189 749 IM MM 3 2 1 3 2 1 1,85 1,2 1,4 2,4 1,4 2
  • 14. Conclusions
    • The majority of the students were males, had ages between sixteen and twenty four years and that most of the students have already used discussion forums .
    • For the case of the classification of innovation for the students, we verified that they had a set of scores that were in a range between 16 and 31 .
  • 15. Conclusions
    • The analysis of data allows us to conclude that the students sent a total of 455 messages:
      • 185 were classified as Very Good
      • 113 Good
      • 157 classified as Positive
      • 45 classified as not significant
  • 16. Conclusions
    • Students that belong to the initial market, sent less messages, than the students that belong to the majority market;
    • The most innovative users send more messages than the other users.