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A comparison of undergraduate student experiences of assessed versus nonassessed participation in online asynchronous discussion groups: Lessons from a cross disciplinary study in health and sociology

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Douglas, T and Mather, C and Murray, S and Earwaker, L and James, A and Pittaway, J and Robards, B and Salter, S, A comparison of undergraduate student experiences of assessed versus nonassessed participation in online asynchronous discussion groups: Lessons from a cross disciplinary study in health and sociology, Globally connected, digitally enabled: Proceedings of Ascilite 2015, 29 November - 2 December, 2015, Perth, Australia, pp. 424-428. (2015) [Refereed Conference Paper]


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Abstract

This paper discusses a pilot study investigating perceptions from undergraduate students enrolled in units in which asynchronous online discussion boards were utilised formatively or linked to summative assessment. Of the influences that determine level of student engagement in online discussions, one key factor is whether discussions are assessed. Whilst assessing student discussions does motivate participation, this approach is not always valued by students as they are critical of the value of asynchronous discussion boards to their learning. The type of postings can be an influencing factor in student engagement, with effective facilitation, clear purpose and group participation perceived to be important. Students also viewed discussion boards as a platform in which peer engagement and information sharing occurred. Students who were enrolled in a unit in which discussion postings were assessed demonstrated emerging critical thinking skills. Students strongly indicated discussion boards must be fit-for-purpose and integrated into the curriculum regardless of whether they are assessed or not.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:assessment, discussion boards, asynchronous, student, engagement, higher education
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Health Information Systems (incl. Surveillance)
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Health and Support Services
Objective Field:Health Education and Promotion
Author:Douglas, T (Ms Tracy Douglas)
Author:Mather, C (Dr Carey Mather)
Author:Murray, S (Ms Sandra Murray)
Author:Earwaker, L (Ms Louise Earwaker)
Author:James, A (Ms Allison James)
Author:Pittaway, J (Ms Jane Pittaway)
Author:Robards, B (Dr Brady Robards)
Author:Salter, S (Mrs Susan Salter)
ID Code:105066
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2015-12-04
Last Modified:2017-11-04
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