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IJIET 2018 Vol.8(7): 525-528 ISSN: 2010-3689
doi: 10.18178/ijiet.2018.8.7.1093

Analysis of Learners’ Interactive Behaviours in Online Forum

Dan Xia, Huirong Ke, Yuan Tian, Qiusha Min, and Zhifeng Wang

Abstract—This study analyzed the interactive behaviours among students in online course forum. The subject of this study was 30 students who participated in a course. The course was delivered in a mixed mode which contained online mode and face-to-face mode. The whole semester was divided into three six-week periods which represented the earlier stage, the mid stage and the late stage of the semester. The online relation networks were respectively reconstructed among the participants according to the interactive behaviours in the forum by Social Network Analysis method. The relation networks among the students in the course forum were high-density networks. The students in these networks got in touch with most active participants and information could be shared among most participants. The important indicators such as “density”, “mean distance” and “reciprocity” in the three periods of the semester were calculated. The results showed that the characteristics of the relation networks generated in the three periods differed. Finally, some suggestions were propsed for teacher, limitations and further research plans were proposed.

Index Terms—Forum communication, computer-mediated communication, learning analytics.

The authors are with the School of Educational Information Technology of Central China Normal University, China (e-mail: 116350703@qq.com, xiadanchina@163.com).


Cite: Dan Xia, Huirong Ke, Yuan Tian, Qiusha Min, and Zhifeng Wang, "Analysis of Learners’ Interactive Behaviours in Online Forum," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 8, no. 7, pp. 525-528, 2018.

General Information

  • ISSN: 2010-3689 (Online)
  • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Inf. Educ. Technol.
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • DOI: 10.18178/IJIET
  • Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Jon-Chao Hong
  • Managing Editor: Ms. Nancy Y. Liu
  • Abstracting/ Indexing: Scopus (CiteScore 2022: 2.0), INSPEC (IET), UGC-CARE List (India), CNKI, EBSCO, Google Scholar
  • E-mail: ijiet@ejournal.net


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