Transforming Asynchronous Online Discussions with a Structured Conversation System

David C. Coker


Research into asynchronous online discussions (AOD) produced conflicting, contradictory results. A central problem was AOD often did not produce a high level of engagement and critical thinking. Synthesizing best practices, a dialectical framework was developed around concrete, actionable levers to improve thinking in online and remote courses. Using a convergent mixed methods triangulation design, a thematic analysis compared AOD for unstructured, structured response system, and the introduction of a structured conversation system, finding a significant improvement using a structured conversation system which incorporated a social and personal component. Instructors needed to organize three levels: the back, the stage, and the front. Applying a typology analysis to AOD, instructors can improve and maintain high levels of critical thinking, engagement, and social interaction.

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