Web-based application for the management of online debates

Web-based application for the management of online debates


Subject and more

  • LCC Subject Category: Computer and Information Science, Computer-Human Interaction
  • Publisher's keywords: computer supported collaborative learning, forum, argumentation, Toulmin, Internet, community
  • Language of fulltext: english
  • Full-text formats available: PDF


    Oana Secaşiu, Vlad Posea , Ştefan Trăuşan-Matu



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The current paper analyzes the main problems that we have when using online debate tools (forum, chat, video-cosnference). Then we propose a solution, based on Toulmin’s argumentation theory, that we believe it will improve the way these debates take place. The application that we have developed helps both the regular user and the moderator to construct a better structure of the conversation. This will allow users to track the ideas that have been changed and the evolution of the arguments that have been presented. Also, a debate that is structured using this tool will be much easier to understand by a user that hasn’t followed it from the beginning. All the steps of the debate: its data, conclusion and backing are available in a very easy to understand format. In order to achieve that we use advanced visualization tools. The paper also presents a pedagogical scenario where our tool can be successfully used. The paper presents the theory on which the application is based, the architecture of the application, the description of the way the application it is used, a pedagogical scenario and it ends with some conclusions and a short presentation of the future developments.

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