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Pages: 3426-3431
Publication year: 2010
ISBN: 978-84-613-5538-9
ISSN: 2340-1079

Conference name: 4th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 8-10 March, 2010
Location: Valencia, Spain


Although questions are important in all learning settings, they are especially important in the online classroom. Certain practices for questioning used within the traditional classroom do not apply to the online education environment. Strategies such as wait time, eye contact, and tone are not relevant. Lack of voice inflection and sole reliance on text-based communication can lead to misunderstandings. Questions posed in the online setting can be more easily misunderstood than those posed in the classroom.
Questions can also help online students engage with others. When an instructor poses a specific question to a student, or student group, the students can assume that the instructor is truly interested in what they think, feel, and know. Questions can also be used to create an online dialog between students and instructors, thus increasing the dynamics of the online classroom. The use of questions may even serve as a form of motivation for students and help the student to feel more intimately involved in the online classroom. Classroom questioning can have similar benefits, with the added ease and advantage of nonverbal communication.
Best approaches to using questioning as a tool for engaging students in the online classroom have received little attention. On the basis of a project to explore the available literature regarding questioning in the online environment, this article highlights models and strategies for using questioning across diverse settings. Key points and tips for using questions in day-to-day assignments are provided.
author = {Mor{\'{o}}n, C. and de Ignacio, G. and Vicens, J.I. and Tremps, E. and Maganto, F.J. and Vi{\~n}as, C. and Somolinos, J.A. and Garc{\'{i}}a, A.},
series = {4th International Technology, Education and Development Conference},
booktitle = {INTED2010 Proceedings},
isbn = {978-84-613-5538-9},
issn = {2340-1079},
publisher = {IATED},
location = {Valencia, Spain},
month = {8-10 March, 2010},
year = {2010},
pages = {3426-3431}}
AU - C. Morón AU - G. de Ignacio AU - J.I. Vicens AU - E. Tremps AU - F.J. Maganto AU - C. Viñas AU - J.A. Somolinos AU - A. García
SN - 978-84-613-5538-9/2340-1079
PY - 2010
Y1 - 8-10 March, 2010
CI - Valencia, Spain
JO - 4th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
JA - INTED2010 Proceedings
SP - 3426
EP - 3431
ER -
C. Morón, G. de Ignacio, J.I. Vicens, E. Tremps, F.J. Maganto, C. Viñas, J.A. Somolinos, A. García (2010) CURRENT PRACTICES IN ONLINE LEARNING, INTED2010 Proceedings, pp. 3426-3431.