On-line dialogues of college students in a web problem-based learning (WPBL) context

Kuo Hung Tseng, Yue Tan, Chi Cheng Chang, Shi Jer Lou, Chun Yu Chen

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This study aims to explore how university students solve problems collaboratively in a Web Problem-Based Learning (WPBL) system during a five-week engineering course. In particular, this study used discourse analysis to examine the process and nature of the students' online dialogues in order to understand their cognitive learning in the WPBL system during six PBL tasks: problem confirmation, recognition and discovery, planning, alternatives assessment, construction and evaluation. In addition, the impact of prior academic performance on the online dialogues was examined by comparing differences between the log files of students from two national universities and those from three private universities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)150-155
Number of pages6
JournalWorld Transactions on Engineering and Technology Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • General Engineering


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