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Analyzing Online Discourse to Assess Students’ Thinking

Randall Groth 

February 2008, Volume 101, Issue 6, Page 422

Abstract:
How the analysis of discussion board conversations can be useful for charting the path instruction should take. This analysis is illustrated within the context of a course for preservice teachers. The use of such analysis as an assessment tool is also considered in relation to mathematics courses for high school students. Online discourse offers an alternative to in-class group work where the teacher cannot monitor or be privy to all discussions and learning.

Keywords:
Article
Authentic assessment
Web
Teacher Education
Data Analysis & Statistics
Communication
Conceptual Development
Teacher in Training / Preservice Teacher
Grades 9-12
Preservice
Student Work