Designing and implementing online discussion forums: an Australian case study

McDonald, Jacquelin (2009) Designing and implementing online discussion forums: an Australian case study. International Journal of Networking and Virtual Organisations, 6 (5). pp. 518-531. ISSN 1470-9503

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Effective online learning requires both teachers and students to move beyond traditional face-to-face and correspondence modes and adopt strategies that take advantage of the flexibility and connectivity in the virtual or online classroom. In higher education, a common approach to connectivity is the use of online discussion forums, so the design and implementation of these forums significantly impacts on students' learning experience and outcomes. The case study used a grounded theory approach to generate insights into the critical success factors that promote student learning outcomes in online discussion forums in an Australian post-graduate online course. The paper outlines the findings and presents recommendations for the effective design of online forums.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Awaiting published version for verification.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Learning and Teaching Support Unit
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2011 00:53
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:57
Uncontrolled Keywords: grounded theory; online learning and teaching; virtual forums; higher education; online forums; student learning outcomes
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0805 Distributed Computing > 080505 Web Technologies (excl. Web Search)
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1504/IJNVO.2009.027394

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