We develop a new model of productive online discussion based on a brief review of research literature on online discussion. As compared to previous discussion models, the new model provides a more systematic and comprehensive framework to understand how learning occurs through online discussion. Based on the new model, we propose several directions for research on improving the quality of online discussion and learning.
Gao, Fei; Wang, Charles Xiaoxue; and Sun, Yanling
"A New Model of Productive Online Discussion and Its Implications for Research and Instruction,"
Journal of Educational Technology Development and Exchange (JETDE): Vol. 2
, Article 5.
Available at: http://aquila.usm.edu/jetde/vol2/iss1/5