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Table 5 Mediation category

From: What to expect, and how to improve online discussion forums: the instructors’ perspective


Questions for Mediation


Do you use the forum in your discipline? (How does he use the forum and in which cases does he not use it?).


Can you use the forum as a communication strategy?


Can you understand the structure of the forum responses? Do you find it difficult to keep up with the discussion?


What would the mediation structure be like? (Imagine you have to help an instructor who has never worked with Distance Education courses. Step-by-step how you would structure the course to help the instructor promote interaction and exchange of student knowledge.)


Do you usually intervene in the conversations taking place in the forum? In what situations do you take part in the forum?


Do you remember an instance in the discussion forum that interfered with communication and interaction?


Do you as an instructor motivate students to cooperate in the forum?


Can you keep track of student interactions in the forum? (Can you follow the forum in terms of the time that the interactions take place and the depth of the conversations?).