Humanizing the Online Experience Through Effective Use and Analysis of Discussion Forums

Jones, Hazel (2017) Humanizing the Online Experience Through Effective Use and Analysis of Discussion Forums. In: Handbook of Research on Humanizing the Distance Learning Experience. Advances in Educational Technologies and Instructional Design. IGI Global, United States, pp. 334-363. ISBN 9781522509684


Abstract

Discussion forums are one of the main avenues for communication, interaction and engagement in the online learning environment, yet are often under-utilized or do not have the desired effect of promoting a sense of belonging and deep learning and collaborative learning for students. Limited use of discussion forums and/or lack of guidelines in how to engage, can leave students feeling isolated. Conversely, extensive use can result in students feeling overwhelmed. This chapter considers some key theories and frameworks for using discussion forums, and presents strategies that an academic can implement to promote effective use of their forums. It is through this effective use that students become part of a Community of Inquiry and valued as a person. Through consideration of hypothetical case studies, this chapter also offers practical ways in which staff can sift through the available data to evaluate and improve their teaching practice and the learning experience of students.


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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Academic Division - Office for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching (1 Jan 2018 - 13 Apr 2021)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Academic Division - Office for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching (1 Jan 2018 - 13 Apr 2021)
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2022 01:48
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2022 02:46
Uncontrolled Keywords: distance learning, online learning, personalization, humanization
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390405 Educational technology and computing
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-5225-0968-4.ch015
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/48727

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