Student Participation in Online Discussions

Challenges, Solutions, and Future Research

Authors: Hew, Khe Foon, Cheung, Wing Sum

  • Provides an up-to-date and comprehensive review of more than 50 research studies on online discussions
  • Completely dissects  and analyzes nine contextualized case studies 
  • Provides concrete examples for creating a productive online learning environment 
  • Provides empirically-based guidelines to address challenges of online discussions
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About this book

The increasingly prevalent use of online- or blended-learning in schools universities has resulted in asynchronous online discussion forum becoming an increasingly common means to facilitate dialogue between instructors and students, as well as students and students beyond the boundaries of their physical classrooms.   This proposed academic book contributes to the literature on asynchronous online discussions in the following three main ways: First, it reviews previous research studies in order to identify the factors leading to limited student contribution. Limited student contribution is defined as students making few or no postings, students exhibiting surface-level thinking or students demonstrating low-level knowledge construction in online discussions. It then identifies the various empirically-based guidelines to address the factors.  Second, three potential guideline dilemmas that educators may encounter: (a) use of grades, (b) use of number of posting guideline, and (c) instructor-facilitation are introduced. These are guidelines where previous empirical research shows mixed results when they are implemented. Acknowledging the dilemmas is essential for educators and researchers to make informed decisions about the discussion guidelines they are considering implementing.  Third, nine exploratory case studies related to student-facilitation and audio-based discussion are reported on and examined. Using students as facilitators may be an alternative solution to educators who wish to avoid the instructor-facilitation guideline dilemma. Using audio discussion would be useful for participants with poor typing skills or those who prefer talking to typing.  The proposed book is distinctive in comparison to current competitor titles because all the findings and guidelines are empirically-based. Furthermore, the nine expanded case studies provided specifically address the issue of student/peer facilitation and audio-based discussion. Student/peer facilitation and audio discussion are two areas that hitherto received comparatively lesser attention compared to instructor facilitation and text-based discussion. ​

About the authors

Dr. Cheung Wing Sum is an Associate Professor in the Learning Sciences and Technologies Academic Group at teh Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. . He is also the MAIDT Program Coordinator of LST. He was educated at Northern Illinois University where he rreceived undergraaduate degrees in  Management and Computer Science, an MS in Computer Science and an EdD in Curriculum & Supervision. His research areas of interest include: Asynchronous Online Discussion, E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Multimedia Design.

Dr Khe Foon Hew earned his doctorate in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University, Bloomington. He is currently with the Learning Sciences and Technologies academic group at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Dr. Hew's areas of research interest include: Online facilitation strategies; Student interaction & cognition in computer-supported environments; Online communities of practice; and  Integrating Technologies in teaching and learning contexts.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Hew, Khe Foon (et al.)

    Pages 1-14

  • Challenges: Findings from Previous Empirical Research

    Hew, Khe Foon (et al.)

    Pages 15-29

  • Possible Strategies to Overcome Limited Student Contribution: Empirical Findings From Previous Research

    Hew, Khe Foon (et al.)

    Pages 31-48

  • Discussion on Strategy Dilemmas

    Hew, Khe Foon (et al.)

    Pages 49-61

  • Case Studies on Peer Facilitation: What Motivates Participants to Contribute?

    Hew, Khe Foon (et al.)

    Pages 63-75

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eBook $109.00
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Hardcover $149.00
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $149.00
price for USA
valid through November 5, 2017
  • ISBN 978-1-4899-9414-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Student Participation in Online Discussions
Book Subtitle
Challenges, Solutions, and Future Research
Authors
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media, New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-2370-6
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-2370-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4614-2369-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4899-9414-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 142
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