We are, of course, bored with course boards: an online alternative to formal course meetings

Dron, J. and Masthoff, J. (2004) We are, of course, bored with course boards: an online alternative to formal course meetings Italics, 3 (2). ISSN 1473-7507

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This paper discusses the implementation of an online course board, an attempt to conduct formal course meetings using simple web-based threaded bulletin board technologies. This technique seeks to address some of the problems of conventional meetings where individuals can dominate proceedings, most attendees waste much of the time being bored and there is a heavy investment of time and money for little direct benefit. Although it provides solutions to some of the problems of traditional face to face meetings, the online discussion mechanism suffers from a number of weaknesses which negate many of the potential advantages. The paper describes some procedural solutions to these weaknesses that have been implemented, and technical solutions that are being incorporated into a purpose-built environment for running course boards.

Item Type:Journal article
Additional Information:Italics is available at: http://www.ics.heacademy.ac.uk/italics/index.htm
Uncontrolled Keywords:Course Management, Supporting e-learning, Collaborative Filtering, Adaptive Hypermedia
Subjects:X000 Education > X300 Education Studies > X340 Academic studies in Tertiary Education
G000 Computing and Mathematical Sciences
Faculties:Faculty of Science and Engineering > School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics > Learning Technologies
ID Code:2473
Deposited By:Helen Webb
Deposited On:28 Sep 2007
Last Modified:18 Jun 2010 12:32

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