Anchored annotations to support collaborative knowledge construction

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Abstract

Online discussion forums have been shown to support collaborative reflection, critique, and construction of knowledge. However, when these discussions are readingcentered and hosted in traditional threaded discussion forums, it is often difficult to maintain focus on the readings themselves, as well as navigating the difficulty of attributing ideas to just one discussion post within a thread. This study demonstrates how an anchored annotation system was used in a first semester online, asynchronous doctoral course to support more effective reading-centered knowledge construction. We investigated the discussion activities of 12 online doctoral students as they explored seven articles during two non-consecutive weeks. Through analysis of 591 student comments and replies, we examined how students used the anchoring system as a support to help make sense of the articles. We found that using anchored annotation reduced coordination activities and supported knowledge construction, particularly interpretation and elaboration of ideas.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMaking a Difference
Subtitle of host publicationPrioritizing Equity and Access in CSCL - 12th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning, CSCL 2017 - Conference Proceedings
EditorsBrian K. Smith, Marcela Borge, Emma Mercier, Kyu Yon Lim
PublisherInternational Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Pages111-118
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780990355007
StatePublished - 2017
Event12th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning - Making a Difference: Prioritizing Equity and Access in CSCL, CSCL 2017 - Philadelphia, United States
Duration: Jun 18 2017Jun 22 2017

Publication series

NameComputer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference, CSCL
Volume1
ISSN (Print)1573-4552

Conference

Conference12th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning - Making a Difference: Prioritizing Equity and Access in CSCL, CSCL 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPhiladelphia
Period06/18/1706/22/17

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