Engaging students with online discussion in a blended learning context: Issues and implications

Allan H.K. Yuen, Liping Deng, Robert Fox, Nicole Judith Tavares

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Abstract

Computer-mediated communication tools have been increasingly used to support face-to-face teaching. In this paper, we explore the motivating and inhibiting factors that affect students' participation in voluntary online discussions in a blended learning context. Students' online participation is conceptualized as a three-phase process: jumpstart online activity, promote interaction and sustain discussion. The results indicate that students' disengagements in online discussions were due to a number of reasons: their perceptions, peer influence, media preferences and the voluntary nature of the activity, to name but a few. Finally, we highlight several issues concerning students' participation in online discussion and their implications for designing meaningful and engaging online discussion in parallel to in-class teaching.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHybrid Learning and Education
Subtitle of host publicationSecond International Conference, ICHL 2009, Macau, China, August 25-27, 2009, Proceedings
EditorsFu Lee Wang, Joseph Fong, Liming Zhang, Victor S. K. Lee
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Pages150-162
Number of pages13
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9783642036972
ISBN (Print)3642036961, 9783642036965
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Aug 2009
Event2nd International Conference on Hybrid Learning and Education, ICHL 2009 - Macau, China
Duration: 25 Aug 200927 Aug 2009
https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-642-03697-2

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
Volume5685
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349
NameTheoretical Computer Science and General Issues
NameICHL: International Conference on Hybrid Learning and Continuing Education

Conference

Conference2nd International Conference on Hybrid Learning and Education, ICHL 2009
Country/TerritoryChina
CityMacau
Period25/08/0927/08/09
Internet address

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

User-Defined Keywords

  • Blended learning
  • Online discussion
  • Participation

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