During online discussions, earlier messages can affect later messages. This study examined how online discussion messages affected one another along five dimensions: (1) evaluations (agreement, disagreement, or unresponsive actions); (2) knowledge content (contribution, repetition, or null content); (3) social cues (positive, negative, or none); (4) personal information (visit number); and (5) elicitation (eliciting response or not). Using sequential logit regressions and a structural equation model (SEM), this study analyzed 131 messages covering seven topics in the math forum of a university Bulletin Board System (BBS) Website. Results showed that, disagreement or contribution in the previous message increased the likelihoods of disagreements and social cue displays in the current message. Messages that disagreed with an earlier message also increased the likelihood of eliciting a subsequent response. Together, these results show how earlier messages may affect later messages during online discussions. These results can help educators understand and facilitate online academic discussions. Copyright © 2006 IEEE.
|Title of host publication||The 6th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, Kerkrade, the Netherlands, 5-7 July 2006|
|Editors||KINSHUK, Rob KOPER, Piet KOMMERS, Paul KIRSCHNER, Demetrios G. SAMPSON , Wim DIDDEREN|
|Publisher||IEEE Computer Society|
|ISBN (Print)||0769526322 , 9780769526324|
|Publication status||Published - 2006|