The power of Us:

Investigating the value of interaction and community in postgraduate studies

Authors

  • Oriel Kelly
  • Nuhisifa Seve-Williams
  • Keshni Kumar
  • Binky Laureta

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14742/apubs.2017.754

Keywords:

interaction, community, post-graduate

Abstract

The power of community – of Us – has long been assumed to be important in adult learning. Student interactions on discussion forums are encouraged, and it has been claimed that they foster a learning community which makes a difference to student outcomes through collaboration and joint construction of knowledge. This paper reports on interim results of a research project to establish, firstly, if there is a correlation between student participation in forums and their overall course outcomes, and secondly, shares a matrix designed to code both social and cognitive forum activity, to support an investigation into the existence of a learning community in student forum conversations – the power of Us.

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Published

2024-05-12

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ASCILITE Conference - Concise Papers