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


Delaney, D and Kummer, T-F and Singh, K, Evaluating the impact of online discussion boards on student engagement with group work, British Journal of Educational Technology, 50, (2) pp. 902-920. ISSN 0007-1013 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/bjet.12614


The purpose of this study is to examine the impact of the use of an online discussion board as an assessment item on students learning performance in relation to group work based on Social Learning Theory. The study uses survey questionnaires at the beginning and end of semester together with student grade information. The data analysis consists of (1) a regression analysis to explore the relationship between student interaction and performance and (2) a repeated measures ANOVA to explore changes in attitude and perceived encouragement. Studentís perceptions at the outset were found to be important as was the use of the online discussion board as a learning tool even when it is not assessed. Further, studentsí attitude to the online discussion board improved through the semester however the online assessment task did not encourage domestic students to be more engaged in group-based activities. In contrast, international students were more encouraged to participate in group-based activities at the end of the semester. The study has implications for online group activities in education.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:online, discussions board, group work, student engagement
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Accounting, auditing and accountability
Research Field:Accounting theory and standards
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in commerce, management, tourism and services
UTAS Author:Delaney, D (Dr Deborah Delaney)
ID Code:138276
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:14
Deposited By:Accounting and Accountability
Deposited On:2020-03-31
Last Modified:2020-06-12

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