Exploring knowledge sharing discussion behavioural patterns in e-learning communities: A comparison of peer-assessment and problem solving strategy

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In a Web 2.0 e-learning context, the knowledge of teachers and learners is often shared via online discussion environments. In-depth exploring the online discussion behavioural patterns for teacher/learner communities with different interactive learning strategies via empirical observations and comparisons may provides important further references for community managers or system developers. In this paper, we summarise a series of our findings of three-empirical studies in Taiwan, and make in-depth comparison and discussions of the online discussion behavioural patterns of two-interactive strategies: peer-assessment and problem solving, then discuss the features and limitations of the strategies. The comparison and discussions may provide some important references for community management and system development in e-learning environments. In turn, we also propose suggestions regarding guiders' intervention, strategy design and intelligent agent development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-41
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Apr 1



  • Behavioural pattern
  • Content analysis
  • Interactive learning strategy
  • Knowledge sharing
  • Knowledge transition, intelligent agent technology
  • Online community
  • Online discussion
  • Peer-assessment
  • Problem solving
  • Sequential analysis
  • Taiwan

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Engineering(all)

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