Online Discussion in Engineering Education: Student Responses and Learning Outcomes

Stuart Palmer (Deakin University, Australia) and Dale Holt (Deakin University, Australia)
Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 122
EISBN13: 9781609603335|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-863-0.ch005
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A ubiquitous and widely used feature of online learning environments is the asynchronous discussion board. This chapter presents a case study of the introduction and evaluation of student use of an online discussion in an engineering management study unit. We introduced an assessable assignment task based on student use of an online discussion, in response to falling student unit evaluation results after we initially moved the unit to wholly online delivery mode. Both quantitative and qualitative unit evaluation data suggest that students perceive value in the online discussion activities. A regression analysis based on discussion usage data suggests that students derived significant learning outcome benefit toward their final unit grade from making reflective postings in the online discussion.
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