Title

Peers supporting peers through structured bulletin boards

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publisher

Apple University Consortium

Faculty

Community Services, Education and Social Sciences

School

Communications and Multimedia

Comments

This article was originally published as: Luca, J. & McLoughlin, C. (2003). Peers Supporting Peers through Structured Bulletin Boards. In N. Smythe (Ed.), "Digital Voyages" Proceedings of the Apple University Consortium Conference 2003 (pp. 15-1 - 15-12). Adelaide: AUC. Original article available here.

Abstract

On-line forums or bulletin boards provide opportunity and potential for collaborative work, dialogue and study that can increase the flexibility of learning while motivating participants. By enabling peerMto-peer interaction, online bulletin boards can support the essential elements of a learning conversation by providing scope for discussion, dialogue and interaction. The structure of the bulletin boards used in this investigation were carefully considered, and based on cognitive apprenticeship models of learning, whereby learning is scaffolded by peers and experts. In the particular environment of the study, technology is integral and supportive of the social processes of learning by enabling asynchronous communication. The combination of peer-supported teams and tasks designed for selfdirection supported the key learning outcomes of collaboration, social responsibility and decision-making.

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