An interaction visualisation tool for a learning management system

Jyothi, S. and McAvinia, C. and Keating, J. G. (2007) An interaction visualisation tool for a learning management system. [Conference Proceedings]

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Abstract

Interaction design in a Learning Management System is the art of instigating interactions and facilitating communication between learners. In order to instigate interactions we need to first analyse and model these online interactions. This paper describes an automated, scalable, multi-browser, real-time visualisation software tool, which depicts the structure and design of the interaction between the students in an asynchronous conference. It gives an in-depth explanation of the tool and illustrates the purpose and management of interactions between the students in a learning environment. The data examined in this study included a purposive sample of asynchronous, online discussion postings of students in our institution captured via forums and discussion-boards in a Moodle environment for the purpose of testing the software. This innovative tool is embedded into the Moodle environment and can be used by educators to evaluate students' activities and identify online behaviors and interaction patterns in the networked learning environment. Information provided by the software tool can be used for motivating the students and building an online socio-learning community. Copyright © 2007 Sujana Jyothi, Claire McAvinia and John G. Keating.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Additional Information: Conference code: 80613; Cited By :2; Export Date: 23 February 2015; Correspondence Address: Jyothi, S.; Department of Computer Science, National University of Ireland, Maynooth (NUIM), Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland; email: sujana@cs.nuim.ie; References: Kienle, A., Ritterskamp, Carsten, Facilitating asynchronous discussions in learning communities: The impact of moderation strategies (2007) Behaviour & Information Technology, 26 (8), pp. 73-80; Clements, D.H., Nastasi, B.K., Social and cognitive interactions in educational environments (1998) American Educational Research Journal, 25 (1), pp. 87-106; Garrison, D.R., Anderson, T., Archer, W., Critical thinking, cognitive presence, and computer conferencing in distance education (2001) The American Journal of Distance Education, 1, pp. 7-23; Champion, E., Meaningful interaction in virtual learning environments (2005) Proc. of Second Australian Conference on Interactive Entertainment (IE2005), , Sydney, November; Ho, S., Evaluating students' participation in online discussions B. Sample. A software design approach (2002) Proc. of AUSWEB02 the Eighth Australian World Wide Web Conference, , Twin Waters Resort, Sunshine Coast Queensland, July; Garrote, R., The use of a Learning Management System to promote group interaction and socialization in a trainee project (2007) Konferenspapper for HSS; Oliver, R., McLoughlin, C., (1997) Interactivity in Telelearning Environments: Using Communications and Dialogue Meaningfully in the Learning Process, , http://elrond.scam.ecu.edu.au/oliver/docs/97/ODLAA2do.pdf; Nihar, S., Cai, Q., Visualizing mesh data-set using radial tree layout (2003) Technical Report, Indiana University, , Bloomington; Schrire, S., Interaction and cognition in asynchronous computer conferencing (2002) Instructional Science, 32, pp. 475-502; Schrire, S., Knowledge building in asynchronous discussion groups: Going beyond quantitative analysis (2006) Computers & Education, 46, pp. 49-70; Thurmond, V., Wambach, K., Towards an Understanding of Interaction in Distance Education, , undated; (CAS)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Interaction design; Interaction pattern; Learning community; Learning environments; Learning management system; Networked learning; Online behavior; Online discussions; Online interaction; Software tool; Visualisation; E-learning; Management; Online systems; Students; Visualization; Computer software
Depositing User: National Forum
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2015 21:39
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2015 21:39
URI: http://eprints.teachingandlearning.ie/id/eprint/2618

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