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Evaluating the impact of online discussion boards on student engagement with group work

Delaney, D ORCID: 0000-0002-4813-8266, Kummer, T-F and Singh, K 2018 , 'Evaluating the impact of online discussion boards on student engagement with group work' , British Journal of Educational Technology, vol. 50, no. 2 , pp. 902-920 , doi: 10.1111/bjet.12614.

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The purpose of this study is to examine the impact of the use of an online discussionboard as an assessment item on students learning performance in relation to groupwork based on Social Learning Theory. The study uses survey questionnaires at thebeginning and end of semester together with student grade information. The dataanalysis consists of (1) a regression analysis to explore the relationship between studentinteraction and performance and (2) a repeated measures ANOVA to explore changesin attitude and perceived encouragement. Student’s perceptions at the outset werefound to be important as was the use of the online discussion board as a learning tooleven when it is not assessed. Further, students’ attitude to the online discussion boardimproved through the semester however the online assessment task did not encouragedomestic students to be more engaged in group-based activities. In contrast,international students were more encouraged to participate in group-based activities atthe end of the semester. The study has implications for online group activities ineducation.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Delaney, D and Kummer, T-F and Singh, K
Keywords: online, discussions board, group work, student engagement
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Educational Technology
Publisher: Blackwell Publ Ltd
ISSN: 0007-1013
DOI / ID Number: 10.1111/bjet.12614
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