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An Evaluation of Discussion Board Instructions in Online Courses

Abstract The discussion board is a facet of online education that continues to confound students, educators, and researchers alike. Currently, the majority of research insists that instructors should structure and control online discussions as well as evaluate such discussions. However, the existing literature has yet to compare the various strategies that instructors have identified and employed to facilitate discussion board participation. How should instructors communicate their expectations online? Should instructors create detailed instructions that outline and model exactly how students should participate, or should generalized instructions be communicated? An experiment was conducted in an online course for undergraduate students at Arizona S... (more)
Created Date 2012
Contributor Butler, Nicholas (Author) / Waldron, Vincent (Advisor) / Kassing, Jeffrey (Committee member) / Wise, John (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Communication / Educational technology / Blackboard / Discussion board / Instructions / Online education / Quantitative research
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 64 pages
Language English
Reuse Permissions All Rights Reserved
Note M.A. Communication Studies 2012
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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