2016 Student Research Conference:
29th Annual Student Research Conference

A Classroom in Two Worlds: A Look into the Effects of Online Discussion on In-Class Analysis
Emily R. Schwent♦
Rebecca Dierking, Dr. Barbara Price, and Dr. Paul Yoder, Faculty Mentors

Teachers in English language arts classrooms have used discussion of a text for many years, but with the influx of technology they must find novel and effective ways to incorporate it within classes today. In this presentation, I discuss my study of using an online discussion forum in addition to in-class discussion/analysis of a text. Students were asked to participate in an online discussion forum by responding to prompts and their classmates' responses that reflected an element of the text throughout the reading of a common novel. On the day the forums were due, students were asked to discuss their responses and bring to light anything they wanted to discuss as a whole. Through the students' responses, in-class discussion, and other class work, I examined online discussion's impact on students' ability to analyze a text.

Keywords: online discussion forum, text analysis, in-class discussion, classroom technology, digital literacy, dialogic classroom

Topic(s):English, Secondary MAE Research

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: -2
Location: VH 1224
Time: 9:45

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