A Peek into the Life of Online Learning Discussion Forums: Implications for Web-Based Distance Learning

Mary Allan, International Review of Research in Open, Distance Learning, Aug 04, 2004
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Interesting article documenting through research what has been called in these pages "multi-threaded interactions. The author calls this "the Event Centre" and explains, "people participating in online discussion forums, or more specifically, discussion threads, are in fact taking part in various conversational events, which linked together comprise a discussion thread." Some great diagrams illustrating the principle obtained from actual discussions.
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