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ERIC Number: EJ1130596
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1755-1382
Assessing Student Contributions to Online Discussion Boards
Smith, Helen
Practitioner Research in Higher Education, v2 n1 p22-28 2008
The use of online learning is prevalent in higher education, in particular the use of Blackboard and other similar virtual learning environments (VLEs). Students' participation in online discussion forums is a common activity and the online threaded discussion tool provides opportunities for students to: (1) form collaborative groups for problem-based learning; (2) discuss learning experiences; (3) ponder over assessment issues; and (4) debate topics of interest. There is no shortage of research on the perceived effectiveness of online discussion forums; however, this paper evaluates the potential for assessing the content of online discussions as a means of contributing to summative assessment.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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