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How Semantics May Impact Knowledge and Learning Transfer in Online Discussion Forums

Jaclyn Krause (Central Washington University, USA)
Jan Tucker (Higher Learning Institute, USA)
Additional Authors
Stephanie YoungGonzaga (Ashford University, USA)
Session Information
October 14, 2015 - 11:45am
Learning Effectiveness
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Research Study
Institutional Level: 
Universities and Four Year Institutions
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Information Session
Northern Hemisphere A2
Session Duration: 
45 Minutes
Concurrent Session 1

Semantics may have an impact on knowledge transfer between faculty and students in the discussion forums in the online classroom.

Extended Abstract

The anytime, anyplace learning aspect of online education makes it a popular choice for adult learners who are managing both professional and personal responsibilities. Discussion forums utilized in the online classroom encourage collaboration between students and faculty similar to the face-to-face interaction that occurs in a traditional classroom. Discussion forums support administrative tasks such as attendance taking and participation requirements in the online classroom. However, the role of faculty semantics as a mechanism for assisting students in applying the skills and knowledge they acquire in the online discussion forum has not been researched. Through this study, researchers reviewed 21 discrete online course sections of a graduate organizational behavior course and two hundred and eighty five unique instructor responses in the discussion forum. The researchers evaluated the role of semantics and other factors perceived to influence the knowledge transfer process in the discussion forum. The research identified four primary themes in discussion forum responses by instructors: Instructional (unrelated to material, corrective in nature), declarative (recaps), critical thinking (expanded on student's response), and sage on stage (rhetorical, often corrective). The data suggests that semantics may have an impact on knowledge transfer between faculty and students in the discussion forums in the online classroom.

Lead Presenter

Jackie Krause, Ph.D.
Jackie Krause is an assistant professor for Central Washington University in the College of Education and Professional Studies. Jackie has over twenty years of experience in adult education, at both the community college and university level teaching courses both face-to-face and online. Fascinated with engaging online students in non-traditional methods, Jackie pursued a Masters in educational technology from Pepperdine University. She enjoys looking for ways to implement social networking technologies in both the classroom and enterprise. As a result, her dissertation topic addressed the perceptions and intentions of employees to use social networking within the enterprise. As an educator, Jackie enjoys trying new techniques as means of reaching students on every level.