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ERIC Number: EJ1017134
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1537-2456
Student Participation in Online Discussion Boards in a Higher Education Setting
Dalelio, Corinne
International Journal on E-Learning, v12 n3 p249-271 Jun 2013
To learn more about how learning takes place online, this study outlines and analyzes the micro-level features of the online class discussions of students in a college course. A positive relationship between online participation and student performance was found, in which higher-graded students submitted more messages and engaged in more interaction with their classmates on the online discussion board. Four online participation approaches were determined, and it was found that students categorized as starters and responders tended to receive higher grades than activators and latecomers. Opening questions were placed into one of four categories: invitation, exploration, concept invention, and application. A summary matrix outlining the features of resulting discussions alongside learning outcomes and educator goals is provided.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California
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