Authors: CHUNG Hiu Yui, Edsoulla
While recently has brought increasing awareness that language use plays an important role in online communities, little has been done to study the association between characteristics of interactions and social relationship in terms of discourse functions. The research attempts to shed light on the issues in the context of a blog-based teaching-portfolio, which serves as an interactive channel for pre-service and in-service teachers in Hong Kong to engage themselves in dialogic and collaborative discussions. Content analysis on comments on the blog and semi-structured interviews were conducted to examine the use of discourse functions and discussion topics. Insights into online learning and recommendations on directions for future research are made.
Keywords: Online Community of Practice, Blog, Content Analysis, Discouse Functions