Online discussion in engineering education : student responses and learning outcomes

Palmer, Stuart and Holt, Dale 2010, Online discussion in engineering education : student responses and learning outcomes, in Cases on online discussion and interaction : experiences and outcomes, IGI Global, Hershey, New York, pp.105-122.

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Title Online discussion in engineering education : student responses and learning outcomes
Author(s) Palmer, Stuart
Holt, Dale
Title of book Cases on online discussion and interaction : experiences and outcomes
Editor(s) Shedletsky, Leonard
Aitken, Joan E.
Publication date 2010
Chapter number 5
Total chapters 1
Start page 105
End page 122
Total pages 18
Publisher IGI Global
Place of Publication Hershey, New York
Keyword(s) engineering education
assignment
learning management system
online learning environment
learning outcome
asynchronous discussion
student evaluation of teaching
Summary A ubiquitous and widely used feature of online learning environments is the asynchronous discussion board. This chapter presents a case study of the introduction and evaluation of student use of an online discussion in an engineering management study unit. We introduced an assessable assignment task based on student use of an online discussion, in response to falling student unit evaluation results after we initially moved the unit to wholly online delivery mode. Both quantitative and qualitative unit evaluation data suggest that students perceive value in the online discussion activities. A regression analysis based on discussion usage data suggests that students derived significant learning outcome benefit toward their final unit grade from making reflective postings in the online discussion.
ISBN 161520864X
9781615208647
Language eng
Field of Research 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
099999 Engineering not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
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