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Student use of an assessed online discussion space

Palmer, Stuart 2006, Student use of an assessed online discussion space [data collection], Does the discussion help? The impact of a formally assessed online discussion on final student results.

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Field of Research 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
Socio Economic Objective 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
Name of data collection Student use of an assessed online discussion space
Creator(s) Palmer, StuartORCID iD for Palmer, Stuart orcid.org/0000-0002-2517-0597
Date completed 2006
Material type database
xls
csv
ANDS collection type dataset
Collection start date 2006
Collection end date 2006
Project name Does the discussion help? The impact of a formally assessed online discussion on final student results
Project Description In 2006, a formally assessed online discussion task was introduced into an engineering unit of study. As this was the first time a formally assessed online discussion task was employed in this unit, it was decided to undertake a quantitative investigation to explore the forms of student engagement with the online discussion, the impact of participation on the students’ final unit result, whether passive participation/lurking had any benefit, and whether any impact/benefit was separable from the students’ prior general academic performance in their studies.
Description of resource 1 electronic database file, containing 132 data records
Software required Microsoft Office Excel
Keyword(s) engineering education
assessment
learning outcomes
asynchronous discussion
online discussion
online communication skills
online discussion forums
Language eng
Summary The dataset contains quantitative information concerning university students' usage of online discussion areas and the impact of the students' participation on their final results.

The data includes the following categories of information:
• student age (whole years at the end of semester);
• student gender (male or female);
• student normal mode of study (on-campus or off-campus);
• student course of study (BTech, BE or other);
• student prior general academic performance (measured at Deakin University by the weighted average mark [WAM]);
• the total number of discussion messages read (or at least opened) by the student;
• the total number of new/initial discussion postings made by the student;
• the total number of follow-up/reply discussion postings made by the student; and
• the final unit mark obtained by the student.
General notes The data was collected via a formally assessed online discussion task within a forum area. Participants in the survey were 86 engineering students undertaking the wholly online unit 'SEB221 - Managing Industrial Organisations' at Deakin University in 2006, who posted 645 messages. The data was processed using Microsoft Office Excel software, and analysed based on correlation and multiple regression analyses.

The dataset was compiled from teaching data and organised by Sex; Age; Mark; Pass; Grade; WAM; Mode; Course; Read-T; New-T; NT(5); Replies; Interact; and Post_T.
Contact details (email) stuart.palmer@deakin.edu.au
Contact details (physical) Institute of Teaching and Learning, Deakin University, 1 Gheringhap Street, Geelong, Victoria 3220 Australia
Copyright notice ┬ęDeakin University
Access conditions Restricted to chief investigator. Enquiries should be emailed to the chief investigator.
Related work DU:30017812
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30042433

 
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