I'm still looking for indicators of exploratory talk that can be used to identify where learning is likely to be taking place.
People at the conference used chat a lot. For example, to take the afternoon session of 22 June, there were 858 separate contributions. I can divide these roughly into four groupings:
- chat about content (526 contributions)
- chat about tools (101 contributions about eg the conference format, Elluminate and Twitter)
- social chat (215 contributions including hi, bye and thanks)
- and blank contributions (16).
I've picked out 94 words and phrases that could be indicators of exploratory dialogue. These include 'have you looked at', 'have you read', 'do you mean', 'my understanding' and 'next step'.
|Here's an example of a chat contribution that my indicators flag as a possible example of exploratory dialogue.|