The new edition of The SAGE Handbook of E-Learning Research retains the original effort of the first edition by focusing on research while capturing the leading edge of e-learning development and practice. Chapters focus on areas of development in e-learning technology, theory, practice, pedagogy and method of analysis. Covering the full extent of e-learning can be a challenge as developments and new features appear daily. The editors of this book meet this challenge by including contributions from leading researchers in areas that have gained a sufficient critical mass to provide reliable results and practices. The 25 chapters are organised into six key areas: 1. THEORY 2. LITERACY & LEARNING 3. METHODS & PERSPECTIVES 4. PEDAGOGY & PRACTICE 5. BEYOND THE CLASSROOM 6. FUTURES
Chapter 14: Analyzing Learning in Online Discussions
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 ...