This study has been able to examine current use of the term in a cross disciplinary context and then focus in particular on the context within online educational technologies.
In order to bring a formal definition and understanding to the term, interaction has been codified firstly by identifying an evolution of context, secondly by codification and substitution of a corpus of data and finally by ratifying the context against expert opinion.
The resulting codification has been applied to an online discussion forum environment in order to determine the nature of the interaction within that environment. The user population of the environment has been described together with patterns of user behaviour and patterns of interaction .
System, content and learner interaction have been analysed and results show a heavy emphasis on system interaction at the expense of the preferred learner interaction . Finally a new model of forum design is suggested.
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