16th Symposium on Education


Using online chat and discussion forums to foster student understanding of weather and oceanography topics and concepts

Matthew J. Benus, Purdue Univ., Hammond, IN

Students taking an online undergraduate weather and oceanography studies courses use structured online chat and discussion forums to develop and foster understanding of weather and oceanography related concepts.

Chats and Discussion topics are organized so teams of four students or the whole class can post and respond over a period of 10-20 days. Students are asked to respond to both structured and open-ended questions or statements that can help to develop further understanding and awareness of the nature and complexity of each topic.

This poster presentation will include relevant topic ideas, best techniques for instructor response/mentoring, a sample chat thread, and ideas that do and do not work.

Poster Session 1, Poster Session
Sunday, 14 January 2007, 5:00 PM-7:00 PM, Exhibit Hall C

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