Using Online Synchronous Discussion for Confidence-Building Activity

C.-H. Wang (Taiwan)


Online synchronous discussion, elearning, action research


This paper illustrates and discusses how online synchronous discussion facilitates the process of learning the subject of affective domain based on research. The participants were 31 pre-service teachers who took a course on Classroom Management. The results show (a) the use of open-ended questions engaged students cognitively as regard their participation and intellectual moves; (b) the non face-to-face and instant feedback features of the OSD facilitates the process of confidence building by creating a positive cycle of fostering positive emotional climates, encouraging self-revelation, and cultivating social support interactions; (c) an appropriate turn-taking mechanism is necessary to make parallel multiple threads manageable and thus promote discussion efficiency.

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