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What is Online discussion board

Encyclopedia of E-Leadership, Counseling and Training
An asynchronous form of posting messages or attachments on a course website. These messages may be viewed by the entire class or small groups of students. Most online course platforms have some version of an online discussion board, and many free versions are also available. In an online or hybrid course, the instructor is the discussion board facilitator and may participate by posting messages (Warnock, 2009).
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Using an Online Discussion Board for Peer Review of Dissertation Writing For Ed.D. Students
Beth Kania-Gosche (Lindenwood University, USA)
Copyright: © 2012 |Pages: 13
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61350-068-2.ch009
To improve graduation rates in doctoral programs, the Council of Graduate Schools has recommended more supports for dissertation writing. This article describes and evaluates through action research one such support, an online discussion board where students could post drafts of their dissertation and peer review each other’s work. Results of effectiveness were mixed because of the wide spectrum of student participation. Students did not feel they had the expertise to critically read another’s work, although they liked reading the instructor’s comments to other students. Future implementation of the discussion board might be more successful if it was utilized as a support group or frequently asked questions page rather than a place for peer review or if it was utilized for excerpts from the dissertation rather than entire chapters. Faculty involved with supervising doctoral students should consider what supports are being offered and continue to evaluate their effectiveness.
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Multiple Intelligences
Online discussion board is a common place in which participants of an online class can post and read messages.
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Best Practices for Engaging Graduate Students in Problem-Based Learning
An online discussion in which members may post written comments for other members to read and comment on—usually asynchronously (at different times)—about specific topics or threads.
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Tracing the Non-Debatable Topic in Online Discussion
A website offering participants to take part in debates on specific themes. Discussion boards commonly require registration.
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