Qualitative analysis of academic group and discussion forum on Facebook

Arendt, Dr Hannah and Matic, Dr Ivan and Zhu, Dr Lin (2012) Qualitative analysis of academic group and discussion forum on Facebook. [Preprint]

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In the present study, data was triangulated and two methods of data analysis were used. Qualitative analysis was undertaken of free-text data from students’ reflective essaysto extract socially-related themes. Heuristic evaluation was conducted by expert evaluators, who investigated forum contributions and discourse in line with contemporary learning theory and considered the social culture of participation. Findings of the qualitative analysis of students’ perceptions and results of the heuristic evaluation of forum participation confirmed each other, indicating a warm social climate and a conducive, well-facilitated environment that supported individual styles of participation. It fostered interpersonal relationships between distance learners, as well as study-related benefits enhanced by peer teaching and insights acquired in a culture of social negotiation. The environment was effectively moderated, while supporting student-initiative.

Item Type:Preprint
Keywords:E-learning, evaluation, Facebook group, online discussion forums, qualitative analysis.
Subjects:Computer Science > Artificial Intelligence
ID Code:8281
Deposited By: Matic, Dr. Ivan
Deposited On:09 Nov 2012 19:44
Last Modified:09 Nov 2012 19:44


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