Extending the Pedagogy of Threaded-Topic Discussions

Quote: “If we teachers can agree that it would be nice to do something more than threaded discussions, what is keeping us from doing it? Three barriers come to mind: teachers, students, and software.” [Via Serious Instructional Technology]

I did a research project in grad school on threaded discussions (among other online communication tools) as tools in education. It will be interesting to see where things stand today. I have a bad feeling that in the years since 1998 when I did the study nothing has really improved.