Observations of user behaviour on eLearning sites
My reading in the last few days confirms a couple of things that I saw while going through an elearning course. While participants are keen to post what they think, sometimes there is a tendency to digress to something they are more comfortable with. So instead of commenting on the thread, it takes on a whole new life, and most of the time has little to do with the original post.
There are also differences in the way men and women respond to a discussion thread. However it is difficult to draw conclusions at this stage as elearning is rather new, and for us to depart from the traditional face-to-face interaction to an eLearning environment will take time.
There are a few studies looking at the quality of interaction and learning via eLearning and it seems clear that the pedagogy has to be different. This begs the question of training for teachers, students and elearning designers.
It will be interesting to see how the studies on eLearning would apply to younger learners. So far, most research on eLearning is very much focused on learning in Universities or Professional Courses.