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|Title:||Online but Off-topic: Establishing Common Ground in Small Learning Groups|
|Publisher:||International Society of the Learning Sciences, Inc.|
|Citation:||Paulus, T. (2007). Online but Off-topic: Establishing Common Ground in Small Learning Groups. In Chinn, C. A., Erkens, G., & Puntambekar, S. (Eds.), The Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) Conference 2007, Volume 8, Part 2 (pp. 582-585). New Brunswick, NJ, USA: International Society of the Learning Sciences.|
|Abstract:||There is not yet a great deal of research in formal online learning environments focusing on the "off task" conversations that small groups engage in. This study explores how participants establish common ground in distance learning environments. The e-mail, discussion forum, and chat transcripts of ten small online groups were investigated using computer-mediated discourse analysis. Participants established common ground by focusing mostly on logistics, followed by social and then technical moves. The types of functional moves exchanged revealed that groups were actively engaged with each other to establish common ground, balancing individual focus with a group focus.|
|Appears in Collections:||CSCL 2007|
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