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Analyzing Learning in Online Discussions
Analyzing Learning in Online Discussions
Alyssa Friend WiseTrena M. Paulus
INTRODUCTION

People engage in discussions online in a multitude of ways (e.g. forums, blogs, social networks, etc.) that may be designed as part of formal educational events or occur spontaneously and informally. Such discussions are of interest to educational researchers because they commonly involve some sort of learning, be it intentional or incidental. In this chapter, we overview the particular set of issues and challenges that arise in analyzing these discussions as sites of learning.

While learning in online discussions is a broad area of focus, we limit the scope of this chapter in two important ways. First, we direct our attention primarily towards discussions that occur in formal learning contexts such as ...

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