You are here:

Using Online Discussion Boards with Large and Small Groups to Enhance Learning of Assistive Technology

, ,

Journal of Computing in Higher Education Volume 22, Number 2, ISSN 1042-1726


There is a need for further research to understand the potential uses of asynchronous electronic discussions in higher education courses. Electronic discussion boards were conducted with two different graduate speech-language pathology student cohorts to supplement in-class instruction regarding assistive technology. One year's discussions were done as a single large group while the second year's were done in multiple-small groups. These discussion boards were analyzed for emerging themes. Students' opinions of the discussion board, along with their suggestions for improvement, were also requested and analyzed. Results indicated that the discussion boards were a successful tool in maximizing the potential for knowledge acquisition outside the classroom and that several enhancements could be added to improve the overall experience. In particular, instructor involvement was more easily incorporated into large groups and small groups had fewer students reporting about redundancy of posts. Practical applications and future research directions are discussed.


McCarthy, J.W., Smith, J.L. & DeLuca, D. (2010). Using Online Discussion Boards with Large and Small Groups to Enhance Learning of Assistive Technology. Journal of Computing in Higher Education, 22(2), 95-113. Retrieved August 15, 2020 from .

This record was imported from ERIC on April 19, 2013. [Original Record]

ERIC is sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education.

Copyright for this record is held by the content creator. For more details see ERIC's copyright policy.


Cited By

View References & Citations Map

These links are based on references which have been extracted automatically and may have some errors. If you see a mistake, please contact