Investigating design and technology students' peer interactions in a technology-mediated learning environment: A case study


  • Tiong Meng Yeo Nanyang Technological University
  • Choon Lang Quek Nanyang Technological University



This research investigates students' peer interactions in the Design and Technology (D&T) environment supported byKnowledge Forum. The sample comprised of 15 students who had no prior experience in using Knowledge Forumto mediate their D&T learning. Their interaction with peers occurred in three stages: design situation, ideation and development. Data was collected mainly from students' online discussion transcripts, with reference to hardcopy of students' reflection logs and design briefs which were analysed quantitatively and qualitatively. The findings showed unequal participation by the students throughout their weekly online discussion activities. In terms of students' interaction with their peers, the frequency of students' reading of notes far exceeded their frequency of building upon notes, as evidenced by their social network of notes.


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Author Biographies

Tiong Meng Yeo, Nanyang Technological University

Design & Technology, Marsiling Secondary School

Choon Lang Quek, Nanyang Technological University

Associate Professor, Learning Sciences & Technologies, National Institute of Education,
Nanyang Technological University




How to Cite

Yeo, T. M., & Quek, C. L. (2011). Investigating design and technology students’ peer interactions in a technology-mediated learning environment: A case study. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 27(4).