Engaging and effective asynchronous online discussion forums

Abawajy, Jemal and Kim, Tai-hoon 2011, Engaging and effective asynchronous online discussion forums, in Software engineering, business continuity, and education : international conferences, ASEA, DRBC and EL 2011, held as part of the Future Generation Information Technology Conference, FGIT 2011, in conjunction with GDC 2011, Jeju Island, Korea, December 8-10, 2011 : proceedings, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Germany, pp.695-705.

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Title Engaging and effective asynchronous online discussion forums
Author(s) Abawajy, Jemal
Kim, Tai-hoon
Title of book Software engineering, business continuity, and education : international conferences, ASEA, DRBC and EL 2011, held as part of the Future Generation Information Technology Conference, FGIT 2011, in conjunction with GDC 2011, Jeju Island, Korea, December 8-10, 2011 : proceedings
Editor(s) Kim, Tai-hoon
Adeli, Hojjat
Kim, Haeng-Kon
Kang, Heau-Jo
Kim, Kyung Jung
Kiumi, Akingbehin
Kang, Byeong-Ho
Publication date 2011
Series Communications in computer and information science ; 257
Chapter number 75
Total chapters 77
Start page 695
End page 705
Total pages 11
Publisher Springer-Verlag
Place of Publication Berlin, Germany
Keyword(s) Asynchronous discussion forums
online discussion environments
online learning
student learning support
Summary Discussion is usually considered a powerful tool for the development of pedagogical skills such as critical thinking, collaboration and reflection. In the last few years, an online asynchronous discussion forum has become an integral part of teaching and learning in tertiary education. However, there are considerable challenges involved in designing discussion forum for learning and teaching arrangements that can support desired learning outcomes. The study analysed the factors that affect the level of the student participation in the online discussion forums with emphases on some of the critical issues that should be taken into account when designing online discussions forums that can support desired learning outcomes. We show that the course instructor roles and level of participations in the discussion forum particularly determines the overall level of discussion among the learning communities.
ISBN 3642272061
9783642272066
ISSN 1865-0929
1865-0937
Language eng
Field of Research 080501 Distributed and Grid Systems
Socio Economic Objective 970108 Expanding Knowledge in the Information and Computing Sciences
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
HERDC collection year 2011
Copyright notice ©2011, Springer-Verlag Berlin
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30043136

Document type: Book Chapter
Collection: School of Information Technology
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