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Title: Impact on the knowledge construction process of multimedia online interactions in audio-graphic conferencing systems : the case of adult distance learners of French
Author: Mirza, Chahrazed
Awarding Body: Open University
Current Institution: Open University
Date of Award: 2013
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Online researchers suggest that synchronous audio-graphic corm encing systems provide different mediational tools that create different mediated educa nal interactions that support the collaborative process of meaning construction, However, the existing literature does not indicate whether the quality of multimodal online inter tions as well as the affordances of the use of the synchronous medium can effectively enh ce this process. This thesis brings together two lines of research. The thesis develops a methodological framework for the presentation and analysis of multimodal online interactions that draws on socio-constructivist understanding that the process of meaning construction is social and individual. The second is concerned with the alysis of on1ine multimodal discussions; it examines the interrelationship between the different tools of communication and the different affordances of their simultaneous and single use that may hinder or promote the collaborative process of meaning construction. The design of this research focuses on interaction patterns and examines the extent which online discussions, mediated by the different tools of communication, reach high levels of collaborative meaning construction.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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