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Article: A tale of two communication tools: Discussion-forum and mobile instant-messaging apps in collaborative learning

TitleA tale of two communication tools: Discussion-forum and mobile instant-messaging apps in collaborative learning
Authors
Issue Date2018
PublisherWiley. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/journals/BJET
Citation
British Journal of Educational Technology, 2018, v. 49, p. 248-261 How to Cite?
AbstractComputer‐supported collaborative learning (CSCL) has shown considerable promise, but thus far the literature has tended to focus on individual technological tools, without due regard for how the choice of one such tool over another impacts CSCL, either in outline or in detail. The present study, therefore, directly compared the learning‐related uses of an online discussion forum against such use of a mobile instant‐messaging app by the same group of 78 upper‐division undergraduate pre‐service teachers in China. The participants were asked to use one of the two communication tools during the first of three learning activities, then to switch to the other during the second, and to choose their preferred tool for the third. Based on the results of content analysis, social‐network analysis and a survey of the students' attitudes, it was found that while both tools facilitated collaborative learning, they appeared to have different affordances. Specifically, using the online discussion forum resulted in more communication aimed at knowledge construction, while using the mobile instant‐messaging app resulted in more social interactions.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/258771
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2017 Impact Factor: 2.729
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.613
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dc.contributor.authorSun, Z-
dc.contributor.authorLin, C-
dc.contributor.authorWu, M-
dc.contributor.authorZhou, J-
dc.contributor.authorLuo, L-
dc.date.accessioned2018-08-22T01:43:51Z-
dc.date.available2018-08-22T01:43:51Z-
dc.date.issued2018-
dc.identifier.citationBritish Journal of Educational Technology, 2018, v. 49, p. 248-261-
dc.identifier.issn0007-1013-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/258771-
dc.description.abstractComputer‐supported collaborative learning (CSCL) has shown considerable promise, but thus far the literature has tended to focus on individual technological tools, without due regard for how the choice of one such tool over another impacts CSCL, either in outline or in detail. The present study, therefore, directly compared the learning‐related uses of an online discussion forum against such use of a mobile instant‐messaging app by the same group of 78 upper‐division undergraduate pre‐service teachers in China. The participants were asked to use one of the two communication tools during the first of three learning activities, then to switch to the other during the second, and to choose their preferred tool for the third. Based on the results of content analysis, social‐network analysis and a survey of the students' attitudes, it was found that while both tools facilitated collaborative learning, they appeared to have different affordances. Specifically, using the online discussion forum resulted in more communication aimed at knowledge construction, while using the mobile instant‐messaging app resulted in more social interactions.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherWiley. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/journals/BJET-
dc.relation.ispartofBritish Journal of Educational Technology-
dc.rightsPreprint This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: [FULL CITE], which has been published in final form at [Link to final article]. Authors are not required to remove preprints posted prior to acceptance of the submitted version. Postprint This is the accepted version of the following article: [full citation], which has been published in final form at [Link to final article].-
dc.titleA tale of two communication tools: Discussion-forum and mobile instant-messaging apps in collaborative learning-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailLin, C: chinhsi@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityLin, C=rp02286-
dc.description.naturelink_to_OA_fulltext-
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/bjet.12571-
dc.identifier.hkuros287101-
dc.identifier.volume49-
dc.identifier.spage248-
dc.identifier.epage261-
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000424333000005-

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