Audrey Watters - Attending to the Digital

The transcript from a presentation by Audrey Watters at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California. She was invited to talk about digital discourse as part of their launch of a domain-of-ones-own initiative. What a fantastic way to launch such a thing1. Read the entire thing. Building on Postman, Chaucer, Caulfield. Nice. In part, I find that those who want to dismiss such a thing as “digital distraction” tend to minimize the very real impact that new technologies do have on what we see, what we pay attention to....

October 22, 2016 · 2 min

Notes: Clarke & Kinne (2012). Asynchronous discussions as threaded discussions or blogs

Clarke, L, & Kinne, L. (2012). Asynchronous discussions as threaded discussions or blogs. Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education, 29, 4-13. The article looked at students publishing online discussions using Blackboard and WordPress, and their reported sense of community, etc… Kinda perfect for use in my thesis. But the article is embargoed from our library collection, and the ISTE website for the journal locks it behind a broken paywall....

October 13, 2012 · 1 min

Notes: Jyothy, McAvinia & Keating: A visualisation tool to aid exploration of students interactions in asynchronous online communication

Jyothi, S., McAvinia, C., & Keating, J. (2012). A visualisation tool to aid exploration of students' interactions in asynchronous online communication. Computers & Education, 58(1), 30:42\. doi:10.1016/j.compedu.2011.08.026 Abstract This paper describes a visualisation tool to aid the analysis of online communication. The tool has two purposes: first, it can be used on a day-to-day basis by teachers or forum moderators to review the development of a discussion and to support appropriate interventions....

November 19, 2011 · 5 min

Notes: Coulthard, M. (1974). Approaches to the Analysis of Classroom Interaction

Coulthard, M. (1974). Approaches to the analysis of classroom interaction. Educational Review. 26(3). pp 229 - 240. On directing discourse: Participants with equal rights and status, as in everyday conversation, negotiate in very subtle and complex ways for the right to speak, to control the direction of the discourse and to introduce new topics. We therefore determined to reduce the number of variables by choosing a situation in which one of the participants has an acknowledged right to decide who will speak, when they will speak, what the topic of the discourse will be, and the general lines along which it will progress....

August 4, 2010 · 2 min

Notes on Hara et al. Content analysis of online discussion in an applied educational psychology course

Hara, N., Bonk, C.J., & Angeli, C. (2000). Content analysis of online discussion in an applied educational psychology course. Instructional science. 28(2). pp. 115-152 The study looked at a graduate-level psychology course that used online discussion as a core graded activity. The researchers looked at: student participation rates electronic participation patterns (what form of interaction takes place when led by students? does it change over time?) social cues within the messages (“it’s my birthday....

May 28, 2010 · 4 min

the twitter effect

Rereading Alan's post on his blog hiatus, where he takes a month off of posting on his blog to comment elsewhere, I was struck (as always) by the patterns in activity he described. I decided to take a closer peek at the activity on my own blog - I've been thinking a lot about discourse analysis lately, so it's at least partially non-navel-gazing. Here's the graph for the first few years of life for my blog....

February 26, 2010 · 1 min

Towards an analysis of discourse

Sinclair, J & Coulthard, R.M. (1975). Towards an analysis of discourse: the English used by teachers and pupils. London, Oxford University Press. The book describes research into student/pupil discourse - who controls the flow, what coded messages are being communicated, etc… Four minimum criteria for producing a descriptive system as outlined in Sinclair (1973):1 The descriptive apparatus should be finite, or else one is not saying anything at all, and may be merely creating the illusion of classification....

February 16, 2010 · 1 min