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Monday, November 6 • 10:15 - 11:20
"Table Talk" in Online Discussion Forums Using Marginalia, an Annotation Tool

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Two cohorts of students in a small undergraduate course in Education posted structured responses to 7 course readings on Moodle discussion forums. They were also required to discuss each response posted by the other 2 or 3 members of their group. Students reported their asynchronous online conversations about course readings were more like small group face-to-face discussions, i.e. “table talk,” when they used Marginalia, an annotation tool, to make comments rather than “reply-ing” as they would in a threaded discussion. This was because comments appeared immediately to the right of the text that had caught their attention and were often followed by another. The goal of this project has been to investigate the types of comments and conversations students had in the margins to determine whether their interactions represented authentic conversations.  

Students’ comments were coded based on their role in the discussion (Brookfield & Preskill, 2005).  The 16 codes included questioning, answering, disagreeing, extending, acknowledging, and personalizing.   Tallies indicated that many students made connections between the content of the readings and their professional or personal lives, as they would have in face-to-face discussions.  They were supportive, asking and answering questions about the material, and occasionally challenging each other.  

Attendees will leave with an understanding of the ways in which these students used Marginalia to co-construct rich, shared meanings of the readings and generate questions prior to further extending their knowledge in class meetings. 

Monday November 6, 2017 10:15 - 11:20 PST
Breakout Room 1500

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