Participation in asynchronous online discussions for student assessment

Birch, Dawn (2004) Participation in asynchronous online discussions for student assessment. In: ANZMAC 2004: Marketing Accountabilities and Responsibilities, 29 Nov–1 Dec 2004, Wellington, New Zealand.

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Abstract

Online discussion boards have created a forum for distance education students in geographically dispersed locations to interact with one another and to develop social learning communities. Indeed, online discussion boards provide an opportunity for instructors to replicate the on-campus tutorial experience for distance learners by facilitating a collaborative and social learning paradigm in which students can share their experiences and perspectives and construct knowledge through shared meanings. In this paper, the findings of a two-stage exploratory study of distance education students’ perceptions concerning compulsory participation in asynchronous online discussions for assessment purposes are presented. The pre-semester study revealed that while many of the students had not been involved in asynchronous online discussions in previous courses, most were positively inclined towards participation. A post-semester study indicated that most students had a positive experience with the online discussion board activity, and most indicated that participation for assessment purposes should continue.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Authors retain copyright.
Depositing User: Dr Dawn Birch
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Marketing and Tourism
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 01:12
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:46
Uncontrolled Keywords: online education; discussion boards; student experience
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/2663

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