Student perceptions of the impact of online discussion forum participation on learning outcomes

Jahnke, Jennie (2010) Student perceptions of the impact of online discussion forum participation on learning outcomes. Journal of Learning Design, 3(2), pp. 27-34.

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Choosing the “right” type of technology, either synchronous or asynchronous, to facilitate learning outcomes is a new challenge as the pace of emerging technologies increases and diversifies. Teachers are encouraged to design courses that require collaboration in online learning communities to facilitate the development of higher order thinking skills for life long learning. It is therefore important to gather evidence of the kinds of opportunities afforded to students and whether the students themselves endorse collaborative online tools as a legitimate method of assisting in their learning. This paper outlines the way in which one secondary school has used an online discussion forum to support students in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program in enhancing research skills and skills for lifelong learning. The paper considers whether online collaborative tools are perceived by students as a positive way to improve learning outcomes.

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ID Code: 32266
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: collaborative online tools, extended essay, international baccalaureate, learning communities, online discussion forums
ISSN: 1832-8342
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Technology and Computing (130306)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Queensland University of Technology and the Author
Deposited On: 17 May 2010 02:32
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 08:11

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