Scaffolding argumentation in asynchronous online discussion: Using students' perceptions to refine a design framework

Hyun Song Kim, Eunjung Grace Oh

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Abstract

Despite its wide usage and pedagogical benefits, asynchronous online discussion in higher education courses does not necessarily lead to students’ knowledge-constructing discourse and reflective learning. Integrating argumentation into online discussion can facilitate meaningful learning. In this article, the authors present a framework of Scaffolded Online Dialogic Argumentation (SODA) that they created for designing an asynchronous online discussion. Based on the design framework, the authors developed and implemented an argumentation activity in a graduate-level online course. They then examined participants’ perceptions of the pedagogical components of SODA using a qualitative inquiry approach. Findings indicate that students perceive a positive influence of the scaffolded argumentation activity on their learning engagement in online discussion. Implications include suggestions for researchers and practitioners in refining and using SODA for future research and discussion activity design.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-43
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Online Pedagogy and Course Design
Volume8
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2018

Keywords

  • Argumentation
  • Asynchronous online discussion
  • Computer-based scaffolds
  • Conceptual framework
  • Critical thinking
  • Scaffolding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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