Multimedia Principles and Social Networking in an Open Online Mathematics Homework Help Forum

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Multimedia Principles and Social Networking in an Open Online Mathematics Homework Help Forum Multimedia Principles and Social Networking in an Open, Online, Mathematics, Homework Help Forum Homework is a salient part of every students schooling experience. It can provide valuable opportunities to master material outside of the classroom (Cooper& Valentine, 2001). However, homework can cause anxiety if adequate help is not available (Solomon, Warin,& Lewis, 2002). Today, students who need help with their homework are turning to online social networks. Free, open, online, homework help forums are an unregulated Internet-based resource that allow students to anonymously ask for help on specific problems using threaded discussions. Responses come from volunteers who have the time, desire, and (perhaps) experience to help. The most widely used forum, Cramster (www.cramster.com) is endorsed by educational theorist, John Sweller, and is a proponent of his Cognitive Load Theory (CLT). Students who have homework questions post them on Cramster, and fellow members respond with worked solutions. The intent is that students learn from these solutions as worked examples, e.g., through self-explanation (Chi, Basso, Lewis, Riemann,& Glaser, 1989).
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date5/1/124/30/15

Funding

  • Spencer Foundation: $40,000.00

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