Connecting online learners at a distance: The promise and challenge of using metaphors as reference points

Alyssa Friend Wise, Poornima Padmanabhan, Thomas Duffy

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Abstract

This experimental study probed the effectiveness of three kinds of objects (videos, theories, metaphors) as common reference points for conversations between online learners. Outcome measures were learners' levels of tacit-knowledge (TK) of specific concepts related to their practice (teaching). Learners' level of detail-focus was examined as a mediating variable. Results showed a positive effect of detail-focus within Metaphor condition for two of three TK indicators examined. Implications for online conversation design are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComputer Supported Collaborative Learning Practices, CSCL 2009 Community Events Proceedings - 9th International Conference
Pages135-137
Number of pages3
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
Event9th International Conference on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning 2009, CSCL 2009 - Rhodes, Greece
Duration: Jun 8 2009Jun 13 2009

Publication series

NameComputer Supported Collaborative Learning Practices, CSCL 2009 Community Events Proceedings - 9th International Conference
Volume2

Other

Other9th International Conference on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning 2009, CSCL 2009
CountryGreece
CityRhodes
Period6/8/096/13/09

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications

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    Wise, A. F., Padmanabhan, P., & Duffy, T. (2009). Connecting online learners at a distance: The promise and challenge of using metaphors as reference points. In Computer Supported Collaborative Learning Practices, CSCL 2009 Community Events Proceedings - 9th International Conference (pp. 135-137). (Computer Supported Collaborative Learning Practices, CSCL 2009 Community Events Proceedings - 9th International Conference; Vol. 2).